I am a student in an IT program with no prior experience of networking. I am having a hard time
answering the question of what is the difference between a logical design of a network and a
physical design of a network. Is the logical design the design of the network based on current
needs, growth issues and cost and the physical design of a network the actual network with cables
routers switches, etc.?
The Physical design will be the topology you will be using. Will you be using Ethernet, fiber,
ISDN, etc. Will you we using a star or linear design? This deals with the physical cabling,
switches, routers, etc that you will need for implementing your logical design.
This was first published in August 2002