Hybrid Topology Advantages & Disadvantages

Hybrid topologies are network connections that use multiple methods of linking connection points with other devices connected to the system, such as personal computers and even printers. These network types have several advantages, such as being able to utilize the strongest aspects of other networks, e.g., signal strength. They also have several disadvantages, including the requirement for high-end equipment.

Hybrid topology networks occur whenever two network types are linked together.

Managable Troubleshooting

Problems with hybrid networks are relatively easy to diagnose because the concentration points or network hubs are close together and relatively small in size compared to the total size of the network. The hub or concentration point that is the source of the problem can easily be isolated from the network and fixed while the remainder of the network is left to function normally. Users on the system may not even notice a problem has occurred, which is a major advantage for large businesses and gaming companies that run online games with millions of users.

Easy Network Growth

Hybrid networks are constructed in a modular fashion that allows for easy integration of new hardware components like additional concentration points. This allows network designers to upgrade network power and storage capacity simply by wiring a new hub into the system. Hybrid network concentration points are connected by a single cable, making the integration process as simple as installing a land line telephone.

Expensive Network Management

The network hubs required for hybrid topology networking are expensive to purchase and maintain. This is because the hubs have to manage several networking types at once and remain functional, even when one network is removed from the system. This requires a level of intelligent processing that cannot be achieved without spending a substantial amount of money.

Lots of Cabling

While the cabling required to connect intelligent connection points of the network is small, it is also the most important part of the system. For this reason, redundant cables and backup rings are often required to maintain network reliability standards because any fray in the cable connection can cause the whole network to collapse. This can lead to a lot of cabling, requiring additional system cooling elements.