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Quick Reference Guide to 10BASE-T Twisted-Pair Ethernet

5.3 10BASE-T Configuration Guidelines

10BASE-T Ethernet segments are defined as link segments in the Ethernet specifications. A link segment is formally defined as a point-to-point medium that connects two and only two MDIs. In other words, a link segment that fully complies with the IEEE 802.3 specifications has only two devices attached to it, one at each end.

The smallest network built with a link segment would consist of two computers, one at each end of the link segment. The more typical installation uses multiport repeaters, also called hubs, to provide a connection between a larger number of link segments.

You connect the 10BASE-T MAU in the Ethernet interface in your computer to one end of the link segment, and the other end of the link segment is connected to the MAU in the hub. That way you can attach as many link segments with their associated computers as you have hub ports, and the computers all communicate via the hub.

Quick Reference Guide to 10BASE-T Twisted-Pair Ethernet - 04 SEP 95
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