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What keeps a network going?


A Router connects one network, for example your home network, to another network, let's say... Your neighbors network, or the internet. The router can pass files, videos and webpages. The router connects networks and computers to the ISP network.


Switches group together network components and devices. Switches often refer to network bridges that routes data.


An Ethernet Hub can group together several ethernet devices to act as one single device or network segment. Hubs can forward jam signals to all connected devices if a collision is detected.


Servers are dedicated systems to run different functions necessary to run the network. Servers carry out many different functions as the host. The Server manages access to certain files and resources in the network.

Ring Topology [The useless one]

Ring topology uses, guess what shape...?

A ring!

The network has many drawbacks, if one bit of the line breaks, or one client, the whole network is broken! The data sent in the network will also not take the most direct route, for example, the computer on the far right, sending to far left, or to the computer at the top, would have to send the data round most of the ring!

Bus Topology [The slightly less useless one]

Ok, the Ring Topology was obvious, the Bus Topology, not so much.

The Bus Topology uses a single line to connect all clients.

|------------[ ]---[ ]-----[ ]--------|

If one bit in the line breaks, then the whole line is down.


Star Topology [The even more useless one, slightly useful]


Who are we?

We are Kim Jong Un's press office. We are largely untrained, please do not contact us, we're very busy keeping the nuke in the basement from overheating, and showing the UN representatives the way out, explaining how NATO is bad.