What is Ring Topology?
Ring Topology is 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.