ring topology

Definition of ring topology in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is ring topology (in computer networking)?

A networking topology in which network stations are connected along a single path whose ends are joined to form a circle. The circle might be logical only; the physical arrangement of the cabling might be starlike, with a hub or concentrator at the center. A ring network is based on a ring topology.

The ring topology is commonly used in the following kinds of networks:

  • Token ring networks:
    The ring of a token ring network is concentrated inside a device called a Multistation Access Unit (MAU).


  • Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) networks:
    The ring in this case is both a physical and logical ring and usually runs around a campus or collection of buildings to form a high-speed backbone network.


Graphic R-7. Ring topology.

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