The "Fully-Connected" Network Topology
The fully-connected connected network topology, also referred to as a
mesh topology, requires that all the terminals be connected to all the
other terminals, as it's name implies. The disadvantage of the high cable
requirements can be out weighted when multiple redundant paths are required
e.g. a telephone exchange.
- A fault in one terminal on the network will not effect
the rest, as the data has multiple reduntancy paths, depending on the size of the network, that are open to it.
- When network usage is high, data packets can be transmitted via different cables, thereby reducing network clogging - keeping data transfer rates at an acceptable level.
- A large amount of cabling is required.