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Other LAN Technologies. LAN Standards. 802 Working Groups 802.3 Ethernet LANs 802.5 Token-Ring Networks 802.11 Radio LANs 802.12 100VG-AnyLAN. 802.5 Token-Ring Network Standard. Championed by IBM Official IEEE and OSI standard, but most vendors follow IBM extensions to the standard

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LAN Standards

  • 802 Working Groups

    • 802.3 Ethernet LANs

    • 802.5 Token-Ring Networks

    • 802.11 Radio LANs

    • 802.12 100VG-AnyLAN

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802.5 Token-Ring Network Standard

  • Championed by IBM

    • Official IEEE and OSI standard, but most vendors follow IBM extensions to the standard

  • More reliable than 802.3 Ethernet LANs

  • More complex and therefore more expensive

  • Lower market share than Ethernet LANs

    • Mostly in firms with large IBM mainframe networks

    • Tightly integrated into SNA

  • Read a tutorial in token-ring networks

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Ring Topology in Token-Ring Networks





Station B only receives frames from Station A and only transmits frames to Station C











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Problem with Rings

  • If the ring breaks, LAN stops

    • Signals must go all the way around the ring, back to the sender

    • This becomes impossible

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Use a Double Ring

  • One is unused in normal operation

  • If there is a break, the ring is wrapped

    • Still a ring



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UTP and STP Wiring

Plastic Cover (Non-Shielding)




Twisted Pair




Outer Shield

Around Bundle




Twisted Pair




Shielding Around Pair

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  • STP

    • Little interference

    • Thick: difficult to install

    • Expensive

  • UTP

    • Thin: easy to install

    • Inexpensive

    • Interference is rarely a practical problem

    • Does the job at a reasonable price, so dominates

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Access Units in a Ring

STP link between

Access Units

Access Unit

Access Unit

Access Unit

Access Unit

STP link

from Station

to Access


UTP Link

from Station

to Access




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Within the Access Unit

  • The ring is retained

  • Powered-up NICs added automatically

  • Powered-off NICs bypassed automatically

Bypassed Node







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Token Passing in 802.5 Token-Ring Networks

Station B may only transmit when it receives a special frame called a token.




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Ethernet (802.3) vs Token-Ring (802.5)

  • Physical Layer

    • Ethernet primarily uses UTP wiring

    • Token-Ring Networks primarily use shielded twisted pair (STP) wiring

  • Topology (Layout) of the Wiring

    • Ethernet always uses bus (broadcast) topology

    • Token-Ring always uses a ring topology (connectivity)

  • Access Control

    • (Control of When Stations May Transmit)

    • Ethernet always uses CSMA/CD

    • Token-Ring always uses token passing

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Ethernet (802.3) vs Token-Ring (802.5)

  • Speed

    • Ethernet primarily 10 Mbps (moving to 100 Mbps and gigabit speeds)

    • Token-Ring Networks usually at 16 Mbps

    • TRNs can get closer to full capacity because token passing is more efficient than CSMA/CD at high traffic loads

    • Priority levels for real-time traffic (video teleconferencing, etc.)

  • Cost

    • TRN is more complex, so NICs cost much more

    • TRN has low market share; low vendor competition adds to high NIC costs

    • Most firms do not find the benefits of TRNs to outweigh the costs

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Shared Media LANs

  • Ethernet (802.3) and Token-Ring Networks (802.5) are Shared Media LANs

    • Only one station may transmit at any moment.

    • Every station hears every transmission

    • Stations must wait their turn to transmit

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Congestion and Latency in Shared Media LANs

Station B

is Transmitting

But Must

Stop Soon

Station A

Must Wait

to Transmit

Station C

Must Wait

to Transmit

Shared Media LAN


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Congestion and Latency

  • As the number of stations on a shared media LAN increases...

    • Traffic increases, so

    • Stations must wait longer to transmit

    • Latency (delay) increases

    • This is called congestion

  • At 200-300 stations, a 10 Mbps (4-16 Mbps) shared media LAN becomes saturated

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100 Mbps LANs

  • Reducing Congestion

    • One way to decrease congestion is to increase LAN speed from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps or higher

    • Each transmission will be briefer, because it can be transmitted faster

    • Therefore more stations can share the LAN before saturation occurs

    • Only postpones the problem

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FDDI Network


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  • FDDI

    • Fiber distributed data interface

    • Token-ring technology (but incompatible with 802.5)

    • 100 Mbps

    • Mature (1987)

    • 200 km maximum diameter: popular for connecting LANs to local internets, not to connect desktops.

    • Priority levels for real-time traffic (voice, video)

    • Expensive NICs and other equipment

    • Read a tutorial in FDDI

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  • Many install 100Base-TX instead of 10Base-T Today

  • Requires 100 Mbps hubs instead of 10 Mbps

  • Requires 100 Mbps NICs instead of 10 Mbps

    • Some hubs can also serve 10Base-T NICs, so not all stations have to be upgraded at once

  • Uses Category 5 wiring, making upgrading easy

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Upgrading from 10Base-T to 100Base-T

  • Need New Hub

    • All 100Base-TX is expensive

    • Often many 10Base-T hubs for client PCs

    • A few 100Base-TX hubs for servers

  • Need New NICs

    • Only in stations with 100Base-T NICs

  • Retain Old Wiring

    • If Cat 5

    • Avoids a major expense

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Ethernet 100Base-TX Network

100Base-TX Hub

100Base-TX Hub



100 m



100 m



- 5 UTP wiring

- NICs are replaced

Station A

Station B

Station C

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Ethernet 100Base-TX Network

  • The most popular 100Base-X standard, runs over existing 5 UTP wire of 10Base-T

  • Only two segments, length ~200m

  • Can mix 10 Base-T and 100Base-T stations/NICs with hubs that take both types

  • Use the same 802.3 MAC standard of 10 Base-T

  • Market has chosen Ethernet 100Base-TX for desktop connection over FDDI

  • Read classic tutorial on Fast Ethernet

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1000Base-X (Gigabit Ethernet)

  • 1000 Mbps

  • Usually used to link 100Base-X hubs

1000Base-X Hub

100Base-T Hubs

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  • Family of Standards (802.3z)

  • 1000Base-LX

    • Long-wave (lower frequency) laser

    • 550 meters on multimode optical fiber

    • 3 km on single mode fiber

  • 1000Base-SX

    • Short-wave ( higher frequency) laser

    • 300 meters on 62.5 micron multimode fiber

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Full Duplex Ethernet

  • CSMA/CD is half duplex

    • Only one station may transmit at a time

    • Others must wait

    • Because transmission system is shared

  • If station or hub connects directly to a hub,

    • The access line is not shared

    • Some 100Base-X and 1000Base-X hubs and NICs support full duplex operation

    • Disable CSMA/CD

    • 802.3x standard