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network architecture[′net‚wərk ′är·kə‚tek·chər]
The high-level design of a communications system, including the choice of hardware, software, and protocols.
network architecture(1) The design of a communications system, which includes the backbones, routers, switches, wireless access points, access methods and protocols used. See communications protocol, LAN and enterprise networking.
(2) May refer only to the access method in a LAN, such as Ethernet or Token Ring. See access method.