Ring topology 


  • Computers and devices are connected to a closed loop cable. Here there are no terminating ends so if one system crashes the entire network goes down.
  • Each computer functions as a repeater and charges the signal before sending it to the next station.


  • Meaning that data travels in circular fashion from one computer to another on the network.
  • Typically FDDI, SONET or Token Ring technology are used to implement a ring network
  • Ring networks are most commonly wired in a star configuration


  • Cable faults are easily located, making troubleshooting easier
  • Ring networks are moderately easy to install


  • Expansion to the network can cause network disruption
  • A single break in the cable can disrupt the entire network.