* Star topology *


  • Star networks are very reliable. If one connection fails, it does not affect other users
  • Very few data collisions as each workstation has its own cable to the server
  • Good security - no workstation can interact with another without going through the server first


  • The most expensive network layout to install because of the amount of cables needed
  • Installing the network usually needs experts to set it up
  • Extra hardware such as hubs and switches may be needed
  • If the server crashes or stops working then nobody will be able to access their files or use the network.
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