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Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Topology

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  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 12 Jul, 2022

Prerequisite – Types of Network Topology 

Hybrid Topology: 

Firstly before going to the topic, we saw that topology may be a connection of varied links and nodes, communicating with one another for the transfer of knowledge. During this process sort of topology, we combine two or more different topologies to make a resultant topology that has good points(as well as weaknesses) of all constituent basic topologies instead of having characteristics of only one specific topology. this mix of topologies is completed consistent with the wants of the organization. Eg for instance if in an office in one of the department’s ring topology is employed and another star, topology is employed, connecting these topologies will end in Hybrid Topology (ring topology and star topology). 

Advantages of Hybrid Topology:

  • This type of topology combines the benefits of different types of topologies in one topology.
  • Can be modified as per requirement.
  • It is extremely flexible.
  • It is very reliable.
  • It is easily scalable as Hybrid networks are built in a fashion which enables easy integration of new hardware components.
  • Error detecting and troubleshooting are easy.
  • Handles a large volume of traffic.
  • It is used to create large networks.
  • The speed of the topology becomes fast when two topologies are put together.

Disadvantages of Hybrid Topology :

  • It is a type of network expensive.
  • The design of a hybrid network is very complex.
  • There is a change in the hardware to connect one topology with another topology.
  • Usually, hybrid architectures are larger in scale so they require a lot of cables in the installation process.
  • Hubs which are used to connect two distinct networks are very costly. And hubs are different from usual hubs as they need to be intelligent enough to work with different architectures.
  • Installation is a difficult process.
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