2. Bus Networks

This is one one of the simplest networks to connect.

Bus network

A single cable joins all of the workstations, printer, file server and other components together. At each end of the bus is a 'terminator'. This is a piece of hardware which prevents signals bouncing back and forth (echoes).


  • Easy to install
  • Easy to add extra workstations
  • Uses less cable than a Star network
  • Best choice for temporary networks


  • If there is a problem with the central cable, the entire network stops working
  • If there are a lot of workstations on the network, data can travel slowly.
  • Data collisions can happen as the network becomes busy
  • Low security - every workstation can see all of the data in the network
  • Limited cable length and a maximum number of workstations

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