“This lesson describes both physical and logical organization of networks. Topologies described include bus, ring, star, and hybrid. This unit also covers TIA/EIA 568 structured cabling standards, which govern the installation of local area networks. In order to design, install, troubleshoot, and maintain networks, administrators must have a solid understanding of these topologies and cabling standards.”


· Identify and describe the elements that are recommended for structured cabling networks.

· Diagram bus, star, ring, and hybrid topologies.

· Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of bus, star, ring, and hybrid topologies.

· Select the appropriate topology for a particular set of network requirements.

· Create a questionnaire for an administrator to use when planning or expanding a network.

· Select and estimate the cost of cabling for a given network.


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