A hybrid network is a network that contains two or more communications standards in one network design. An example of this is a network that combines wired and wireless technologies. A hybrid network can also refer to a network design that combines two or more types of basic physical topologies, such as multiple star topologies connected by a bus topology.

A network that is hybrid in terms of connectivity uses networking devices as access points that can provide wired and wireless connectivity. A simple example of such a device is a home router that provides several Ethernet ports to allow network access by plugging in and Wi-Fi capability to provide Internet access to tablets, mobile phones and other devices that are not close in proximity to the router. This setup provides greater flexibility in a world where more than just desktop computers are capable of connecting to the Internet.

Using a combination of connection methods decreases costs since using wireless connections means less physical equipment and building preparation are needed. Hybrid networks allow the network administrator to provide the stability and speed of a wired connection where it is needed and the convenience and portability of a wireless connection, which allows workers to be productive away from the desk when necessary.