In Ring topology, each node is connected to its left and right node in ring fashion and information can flow from one node to another in single direction. If there are n nodes then there are n links present. In case a new node to be added then entire connection is to be broken down.
In Mesh topology, each node is connected to other node using its own dedicated link and information can travel from these links to any node. If there are n nodes then n(n-1)/2 links are present.
Following are some of the important differences between Ring and Mesh Topologies.
|Sr. No.||Key||Ring Topology||Mesh Topology|
|1||Linkage||Each node is connected to its left node and right node.||Each node is connected to each other via dedicated links.|
|2||Cost||Ring topology is cheaper than Mesh Topology.||Mesh Topology is expensive considering more links as compared to Ring topology.|
|3||Nodes||For N nodes, N links are needed.||For N nodes, N(N-1)/2 links are needed.|
|4||Information Routing||Information travels in single direction from one node to another.||Information can travel from any node to any other node.|
|5||Extensibility||To add a new link or node, entire connection is to broken leading to poor extensibility.||A new link or node can be added without breaking connections. Highly extensible.|