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LinuxPapers.org: Ethernet Networks

May 01, 2000, 17:58 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Ethernet is the most widespread network technology for local area networks (LANs). It is low in cost and its cabling and configuration are relatively simple. In this paper we will see how to set up an Ethernet network and configure it."

"An Ethernet network can be built physically in different ways. The cheapest is using coaxial cables, very similar to the ones used to connect your TV set with the antenna or the wall outlet, and UTPs (Unshielded Twisted Pairs), which are made up of eight twisted wires. Similar to UTPs, and even cheaper, are the plain flat 8-wire cables, just like the ones you use to connect your phone to the wall outlet, except they are a bit wider. There are two different connectors which can be used, depending on the type of cable you choose. Coaxial cables need metal connectors called BNCs, while UTPs and flat cables use plastic connectors called RJ-45."

"Now let's examine the network topology, which depends on the type of cable you use. ..."

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