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Local Area High Speed Networks by Dr. Sidnie Feit

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Media Independent Interface

An administrator who is preparing a station to participate in a Fast Ethernet LAN must install an appropriate network adapter:

  • 100BASE-T4 with an RJ-45 socket for four pairs of Category 3 twisted-pair cabling

  • 100BASE-TX with an RJ-45 socket for two pairs of Category 5 twisted-pair cabling

  • 100BASE-FX with an ST socket if optical cables with ST plugs have been installed

  • 100BASE-FX with an SC socket if optical cables with SC plugs have been installed

Given the number of moves and changes that occur in a typical organization, an administrator could be kept pretty busy pulling adapters out of systems and installing new ones that match the cabling at a new location. For example, a user with a high-powered station that ...

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