Appendix C. Auto-Negotiation

This appendix provides a level of detail about the operation of Auto-Negotiation far beyond the concepts presented in Chapter 4, “Media Access Control Layer.”

FLP Field Definitions

The following information about various FLP “page” information is very detailed and may be skipped by the casual reader. It is provided to allow the interested reader to learn more about what is actually negotiated, as a way of understanding more clearly what Auto-Negotiation is used for. References to an FLP burst indicate either a 16-bit or 48-bit Link Codeword exchange transmitted at the appropriate timing interval. The interval does not change when a 48-bit Link Codeword is exchanged instead of a 16-bit Link Codeword—instead, more ...

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