As part of the manufacturing process, each Ethernet, Token Ring, or FDDI LAN adapter card is configured with a MAC address. A LAN MAC address consists of 48 bits (6 bytes). By convention, an address is written as X', followed by six pairs of hexadecimal characters separated by dashes. (The symbol pattern X' stands for "hexadecimal.") For example, the address of the adapter in the computer on which this book is being written is:
Appendix B, "Tables," contains a description of the way that an 8-bit binary string is converted to hexadecimal notation. The appendix contains a tabulation of binary, decimal, and hexadecimal representations of 4-bit quantities.
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