Mesh Topology

The mesh topology incorporates a unique network design in which each computer on the network connects to every other, creating a point-to-point connection between every device on the network. The purpose of the mesh design is to provide a high level of redundancy. If one network cable fails, the data always has an alternative path to get to its destination. Figure 6 shows the mesh topology.

Figure 6. Mesh topology.

As you can see from Figure 6, the wiring for a mesh network can be very complicated. Further, the cabling costs associated with the mesh topology can be high, and troubleshooting a failed cable can be tricky. Because of this, the mesh topology is rarely used. A variation on a true mesh topology is the hybrid mesh. It creates a redundant point-to-point network connection between only specific network devices. The hybrid mesh is most often seen in WAN implementations. Table 5 summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of the mesh topology.

Table 5 Advantages and Disadvantages of the Mesh Topology



Provides redundant paths between devices

Requires more cable than the other LAN topologies.

The network can be expanded without disruption to current users.

Complicated implementation.