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Ring Network Topology
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Ring network topology is a closed-loop topology that does not require terminators. The token ring topology forms a logical ring but has the cable layout of a star topology with a central hub. The ring is actually maintained in the hub. When a workstation attaches to the hub, the ring extends out to the workstation through the cable and back again to the hub. If another hub is attached, the ring is maintained by running cables from the ring-out connector on the first hub to the ring-in connector on the second hub, and from the ring-out connector on the second hub to the ring-in connector on the first hub. See "Token Ring Network" and "Topology" for more information.
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