- What will happen
If one of the stations should become unplugged then there will be no affect on the overall signal and your network should continue to work normally regardless. This is because, although a bus topology joins each computer to a single contact line (which is known as the bus), each computer is not accountable for shifting the signal down it.
- The advantages of using bus topology
There are many advantages to using bus topology to connect computers to the same network.
For example, they are often relatively easy to set up and can be done so quickly, making them perfect for smaller businesses who cannot afford to be disconnected for a long period of time.
Also, should one of the computers or 'stations' on the bus fail for whatever reason, there will be no impact upon the rest - they should all remain online and ready to go!
Finally, bus topology permits for a rather high value of data to be transmitted across the network, allowing for a fairly quick rate of conveyance and little hassle.
- The disadvantages of bus topology
Unfortunately the use of bus topology has some major disadvantages too, some of which could soon become both costly and time consuming.
For example, it is well known that this version of topology doesn't handle extreme multiple usage very well and that, should a cable in the overall bus break, the whole system of stations will become hindered. Both of these issues have been found to create huge problems for the users of bus topology.
Another disadvantage that some users may find is that there is a limit to the quantity of computers that may be connected to the same network.