Network Topologies, Types and Technologies

Network Research Project (NRP) must have an Introduction.  The introduction should address the purpose of your project, and an overview of what you will convey to the reader.  It should summarize your research project in such a way that readers can rapidly become acquainted with the material.  Each NRP must also have a Conclusion.  The conclusion should summarize your findings in a succinct manner.  The conclusion will regurgitate key points of the research project for the reader.  The remaining format will be at your discretion.  It is suggested that you review the NRP details under each approved topic below, and outline the project accordingly.  You should maintain a consistent format throughout the entirety of the document.

All sources must be cited using the APA 7th Edition. You will need to use multiple sources of information within the NRP. The use of figures and diagrams is encouraged where appropriate.

At a minimum, you should address the details provided for each topic area.  However, you are not limited by these details.  You are encouraged to research and discuss additional aspects under any of these approved topic areas.


Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies.

Wired Topologies (logical vs physical, star, ring, mesh, and bus)
    Define and give an example of each topology.
    Is one topology used more today than others?

Wireless Topologies (mesh, ad hoc, other infrastructure)
    Define and give an example of each topology.
    Is one topology used more today than others?

Types (LAN, WLAN, MAN, WAN, CAN, SAN, and PAN)
    Define and give an example of each type of network.

Technologies that facilitate the Internet of Things (Z-Wave, Ant+ Bluetooth, NFC, IR, RFID, and 802.11)
    Define and give an example of each technology.
    Describe how these technologies are related

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