I'm trying to understand the difference between logical and physical topologies but it's a bit confusing to me.
Cisco states these as logical topologies, but from my understanding these should be physical topologies? This is what I understand so far:
- PtP: desktop directly connected to a desktop
- Multiaccess: several desktops connected to a medium with access to each other (Cisco Ring image, how should I view this in a live situation?)
- Ring: several desktops directly connected to each other creating a loop?
- PtP: two desktops (virtually) connected to each other with intermediairy devices in between
- MultiAccess: (don't have a clue)
- Ring: (don't have a clue)
Could anyone help me out and perhaps explain the difference a bit more detailed? Online I can't find any useful topics. I am using the Cisco Network Fundamentals book.
I'm as far as this:
- Physical topology is the live network with all the cables, devices, etc in between
- Logical topology is what the network sees (desktop to desktop (PtP -> desktop, switch, router, switch, desktop)
So in the case of PtP and MultiAccess (devices connected through a switch) I understand the difference, but how does a ring topology look like for logical and phsyical topology?