What network topology would you describe this as

Posted on 2006-05-26
Last Modified: 2008-03-06

I really must admit, I dont deal with networkign topology this much, but I have an IT school coming by to look at some of our work, and dont want to sound like an idiot. So I was studying our network designs, and realized I dont know what our network topology would be called, I originally have always thought of it as a star topology but due to recent changes with one program that is only needed on 3 work stations, I am seeing how it may also be considered a tree or hierarchy topology.

Take a look and I would appreciate the help:

Question by:ItsChad

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    PS The sketch is horrible and I apologize, I just amde it in 2 mins or so. ;)
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    I would say that it's a tree/hierarchy topology
    Defintion of a "tree network":
    A tree network is a combination of two or more star networks connected together. Each star network is a local area network (LAN) in which there is a central computer or server to which all the workstation nodes are directly linked

    From the diagram it's hard to tell if all of those workstations actually point somehow to the server or the switch...(i'm assuming the switch) but either way, in any topology in which the network basically "brances" off into seperate nodes but has a single connection point on the centralized node it would be known as the Tree/Heirarchy.

    (which is theoretically like a star connected to a star, connected to a star...etc)


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    Thats what I was thinking as I was looking it over. Yeah 7 computers hook directly into the main switch, then there is 3 computers that hook into a seprate switch, that is then hooked into the main switch.

    Ok thanks for the help on this, I didnt wanna look stupid. Just recently lost an employee at the business and got rushed into his position while its being filled.....not my expertise.
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    Word of advice on how not to look stupid to another tech:
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