Home » Networking » Network Structures

Network Structures


There is collection of machines for running application programs in any network which called Hosts. The Hosts are associated by the subnet. The role of the subnet is to convey messages from host to host. In many Wide Area Networks, the subnet comprises of two particular components which are Transmission Lines and Switching Elements.

Transmission Lines (also known as circuits, channels, or trunks) move bits between machines. The Switching Elements are specialized computers to connect at least two transmission lines. At the point when data arrives on an incoming line, the Switching Element must pick an outgoing line to forward them. The Switching Elements are likewise called Interface Message Processors (IMPs). Each host is connected with one (or many) IMPs. All traffic to or from the host goes through its IMP. There are two types of plans for correspondence subnets which are

1. Point – to – Point Channels

2. Broadcast Channels

Point-to-Point Channels

The network contains various cables or leased telephone line, every one connecting a pair of IMPs. On the off chance that two IMPs that don’t share a cable nevertheless wish to communicate, they must do this indirectly by means of different IMPs. At the point when a message in the form of a packet is sent from one IMP to the next IMP through one or more intermediate IMPs, the packet is received at each intermediate IMP in its entirety, stored there until the required output line is free and afterward sent. 

Recommend To Read: Network Architecture

A subnet using this principle is called a point-to-point, store-and-forward, or packet-switched subnet. At the point when point-to-point subnet is used, a vital plan issue is the thing that the IMP interconnection topology ought to resemble; LANs have a symmetric topology, while WANs have asymmetric topology.


Many LANs and a few number of WANs are of this type. In a LAN, the IMP is reduced to a single chip embedded inside the host, so that there is always one host per IMP, whereas in a WAN there may be many hosts per IMP. Broadcast Systems have a single communication channel shared by all other machines on the network. Packets sent by any machine are received by all the others. An address field within the packet specifies for whom it is intended. Upon receiving a packet, a machine checks the address field. If the packet is intended for some other machine, it is just ignored. Broadcast systems also support transmission to a subset of machines, something known as Multicasting. A common scheme is to have all addresses with high order bit set to 1. The remaining n-1 address bits form a bit map corresponding to n-1 groups. Each machine can subscribe to any or all of the n-1 groups.

Also Read: Computer Components

About Alfred Francis Osei

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *