November 28, 2022

# The Advantages and Disadvantages of Network Topology – Bus Network Topology

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One of the most important things in life, which will play an important role in defining you as a person, are the connections you keep.

Your surroundings and what you allow to fill your mind, will have a very important role in your life.

In today’s article we are going to talk about Network Topology and the importance that they have in today’s network design and structure.

We are going to spend time talking about, the advantages and disadvantages, of the bus network topology.

As you may or may not know, there are different kinds of network topology; and each one of them has their advantages and disadvantages.

This is due to the fact that; a network topology refers to the way in which nodes in a network, are connected to each other.

The way that devices, communicate in a network structure, completely depends on the definition, which is established, by the network topology.

The fact that there are several different types of network topologies, there are also advantages and disadvantages, which is associated to each type of network topologies.

The physical and logical, arrangement of network nodes, and the way, in which the elements, of a network, are connected, are described and defined, by a type of network topology.

## The bus network topology

This network topology, is one of the network topology had many advantage, these advantages are: it is easy to set up, it is best-suited for small networks and it cost very less.

Some of the disadvantages, of this same type of network topology are: there might be a limit on the length of the cable or bus, which can then limit the number of network nodes, which can be connected to the network.

Another disadvantage, with this network topology, is that it may not be able to serve all the nodes, which are connected to it.

This type of network topology, can’t give efficient service, to all the nodes connected to it, because when the number of devices, connected to the bus increases, then the efficiency of the network decreases as well.

This network topology, is also unable to handle a lot of traffic, because when the traffic on the network is high, then the load on the bus is increased as well, and the increase on load, decreases the ability of the network, to provide services, efficiently, to all the devices connected to it.

## A disadvantage of this network topology

Another disadvantage of this network topology, is that it is only and heavily dependent on a central bus, which handles all of the services.

If the bus, experiences any problems, then the entire network fails, and all the devices connected to that network, do not operate at optimum level.

When you use this type of network topology, you will also experience problems isolating the faults, in the network nodes.

You will also have security risks, when you use this type of network topology, because each device on the network, is able to see all the data, which is being transmitted through the network, and this poses a serious security risk.