A common logical network topology consists of a central device to which all other stations connect. This network topology is very common to see in modern local area networks. What logical network topology is this?
The answer: B) Star
The star network topology is in almost every network around the world because of the ubiquity of Ethernet switching technologies. By using a switch and connecting all devices to this central device, network throughput can run at maximum efficiency and uptime for all stations on the network.
The incorrect answers:
A bus topology consists of a single wire to which all other devices connect. This logical network type was seen on some original Ethernet designs.
A logical ring topology was historically seen on token ring local area networks, and it’s seen most often these days in metropolitan area networks.
Peer-to-peer networks describe a method of communicating across networks, not a description of a network topology type.
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