This week we answer another reader’s question, if you have a network security-related issue, drop us a line, and we’d be happy to help out.
My company is opening an office in California this fall and we [the IT team] are debating between two different networks—mesh and star-shaped. Can you help shed some light on the differences?
– Networking Newbie
Dear Networking Newbie,
We love topology questions! You probably know, network topology is essentially the pattern of interconnections on a computer network. With mesh networks, the branch offices are not only connected to the headquarters, but also to each other. Whereas with star-shaped networks, all the communications between branch offices are channeled through one central VPN gatewaywhich tends to result in higher latency with communication between the branch offices.
However, an advantage of star-shaped networks is that IT administrators are able to control the whole network through one central monitoring system. This is good for real-time detection and can also locate communication faults between branch offices.
On the other hand, star-shaped networks require a central VPN management system. Should communication faults occur in the crosslinks of a mesh network, locating them can be more difficult. Think of it this way, if a network has 100 branch offices, controlling this network would be a rather formidable task!
– The VPN Haus Editors
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