Industrial Topology Options and PROFINET

Network topology is a term that describes network connections in homes, cities, offices, factories, etc. Fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet protocols, such as PROFIBUS and PROFINET, offer a wide variety of topology options. This White Paper describes the different network topologies available for industrial environments. Then, it summarizes potential benefits and challenges for each topology in a PROFINET network.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definition
  3. Topologies for Industrial Environments
    1. Topology Options: Fieldbuses
    2. Topology Options: Industrial Ethernet
    3. Industrial Wireless Topologies
  4. Topology Comparison: PROFINET
    1. Benefits and Challenges
  5. Summary

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