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Local Area High Speed Networks by Dr. Sidnie Feit

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Chapter 7. The Ethernet 100Mbps Physical Layer

The job of ratcheting up Ethernet speed to 100Mbps was tackled in the early 1990s. In 1993, a group of vendors formed the Fast Ethernet Alliance and produced a 100Mbps Ethernet specification that was backward compatible with 10BASE-T and 10BASE-F. They submitted this to the IEEE, and the result (originally published as 802.3u) was absorbed into the 802.3 standard.

Today, Ethernet vendor cooperation continues under the umbrella of the Fast Ethernet Consortium. The Consortium sponsors interoperability testing that is performed at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (IOL) (http://www.iol.unh.edu/consortiums/fe/index.html).

The surprising thing about Fast Ethernet is how much of ...

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