Investigate various types of networks, topologies for configuration

Network practitioners are eager to play with emerging technologies hitting the networking landscape, such as software-defined WAN, 5G, and AI. However, before they can implement these new tools, they must first learn the basics of network configuration.

The network configuration process involves administering policies and settings, determining data flows, and assembling the network structure. Network structure goes beyond the physical design of the network; Arranging is a crucial step in network setup because it helps professionals understand how to monitor performance, troubleshoot, and implement technologies and strategies.

As complex new technologies soon enter the networking stratosphere, candidates seeking CompTIA Network+ certification should be familiar with the different network types and topologies.

Types of networks of all sizes exist. Networks with multiple devices interconnected in one place are called Local Area Networks (LAN). Wide Area Networks (WANs) are networks in which multiple LANs connect to each other. A virtual local area network (VLAN) is a subnet of network devices on separate physical local area networks grouped together in a virtual network.

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Regardless of the size and scope of a system, every network has a topology that details how everything interconnects, both physically and logically. Network topology describes the visual structure of the system and how data flows.

There are several types of network topology, including the following:

It is not enough to simply configure a network topology without any hardening. Any network architect who designs infrastructures must know how to implement protocols in their systems. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), for example, prevents data from looping through a system.

In “Lesson 8: Explain network topologies and types” by The Official CompTIA Network+ Self-Paced Study Guide (Exam N10-008), from CompTIA, author James Pengelly provided an overview of different types of networks, explained how to implement STP, outlined network topologies, and more.

With Pengelly’s book, Network+ candidates can learn more about vendor-neutral network design, configuration, and other networking topics in preparation for their certification exam.