Meaning – The term ring network, refers to a network in which every node has exactly two branches connected to it and in which there are exactly two paths between any two nodes.
If data needs to go to a node that is further away, it will pass through all the nodes between the sender and the receiver. This topology is used for networks with modest budgets and specifications. Ring networks need minimal cabling since only the two nearest nodes need to be connected with each other.
In a ring network, every node is only connected to the node that is directly adjacent to it until a ring is formed.
Example of usage – “In the event of a node failure, data is wrapped back on the ring in the opposite directing, effectively allowing data to reach all the other nodes and creating a c-shaped ring.”