Difference between Star and Mesh Topology

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Both Star and Mesh are the types of network topologies which could be defined as the arrangement of a network which comprises of nodes and connecting lines via sender and receiver. On the basis of nature and characteristics of both we can distinguish between them.

Following are the important differences between Star and Mesh Topology −

Sr. No.KeyStar TopologyMesh Topology
1DefinitionStar Topology could be defined as a network topology in which the nodes are connected to the central hub or router through which information is travelled from central hub or router to all the nodes.On other hand Mesh Topology is the network topology in which the nodes are connected to each other completely via dedicated link in which the information is travelled from nodes to nodes
2Number of nodesStar Topology has number of nodes equal to the links present i.e. if there are N links in Star Topology then there are N nodes.On other hand in case of Mesh Topology there are N(N-1)/2 links where N is the number of nodes.
3ComplexStar Topology due to its simple structure is less complex as compared to Mesh Topology.On other hand due to more complexity in nodes arrangement Mesh Topology is considered as more complex.
4Cost efficientStar Topology is cost efficient as compared to Mesh Topology.On the other hand, Mesh Topology is costlier as compared to Star Topology.
5InformationIn Star Topology the information is travel from central hub or router to all the nodes.On the other hand in Mesh Topology the information is travelled from nodes to nodes.
6UsageStar Topology is very good extensible and which can be used in LAN as setup is easy too.On the other hand Mesh Topology is poor extensible and which can be used in WAN.
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Published on 09-Jun-2020 09:10:13
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