Mesh Network Topology and Architecture
Edraw Network Diagram is ideal for network engineers and network designers who need to draw mesh network topology and architecture diagrams.
Mesh Network Topology
Mesh network topology is one of the key network
architectures in which devices are connected with many redundant
interconnections between network nodes such as routers and switches. In a mesh
topology, if any cable or node fails, there are many other ways for two nodes to
communicate. While ease of troubleshooting and increased reliability are
definite pluses, mesh networks are expensive to install because they use a lot
of cabling. Often, a mesh topology will be used in conjunction with other
topologies (such as Star, Ring and Bus) to form a hybrid topology. Some WAN
architecture, such as the Internet, employ mesh routing. Therefore, the Internet
allows sites to communicate even during a war.
There are two types of mesh topologies: full mesh and
- Full mesh topology occurs when every node has a
circuit connecting it to every other node in a network. Full mesh is very
expensive to implement and yields the greatest amount of redundancy, so in
the event that one of those nodes fails, network traffic can be directed to
any of the other nodes. Full mesh is usually reserved for backbone networks.
- With partial mesh, some nodes are organized in a
full mesh scheme but others are only connected to one or two in the network.
Partial mesh topology is commonly found in peripheral networks connected to
a full meshed backbone. It is less expensive to implement and yields less
redundancy than full mesh topology.
Mesh Network Diagram Software
Edraw Network Diagram is ideal for network engineers
and network designers who need to draw mesh network topology and
architecture diagrams. It has defined some commonly used WAN
symbols in drawing WAN diagrams. Just drag and drop pre-drawn shapes
representing computers and network devices. Double click and set equipment data.
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Mesh topologies involve the concept of routes. Unlike each
of the previous topologies, messages sent on a mesh network can take any of
the several possible paths from source to destination. (Recall that even in a ring,
although two cable paths exist, messages can only travel in one direction.) Some
WANs, most notably the Internet, employ mesh routing.
A mesh network in which every device connects to every
other is called a full mesh. As shown in the illustration below, partial mesh
networks also exist in some devices which are connected only indirectly to others.
See the illustration of Mesh Network Topology.
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Local Area Network Technology
Wide Area Network Technology
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