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Understanding the Network: A Practical Guide to Internetworking by Martin J. Michael

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Chapter 4. LAN Internetworking Technologies

In this chapter, we look at the three most prevalent LAN protocols: Ethernet, Token Ring, and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI). Of the three, Ethernet easily has the largest installation base, which continues to expand into the foreseeable future. Token Ring and FDDI, although technically more efficient, resilient, and complex than Ethernet, will more than likely continue to lose market share. The total dominance of Ethernet in the LAN, however, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Until the development of a 100Mbps Ethernet or Fast Ethernet, it was accepted wisdom that Token Ring and FDDI installations would one day outnumber Ethernet installs.

But, Fast and Gigabit Ethernet have relegated FDDI ...

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