Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thin Ethernet Wiring

A second generation of Ethernet wiring uses a thinner,more flexible cable than the original thick wiring.Formally named as a 10 Base2 and informally named as thin wire Ethernet or Thinnet.This wiring scheme differs from Thicknet wiring scheme in three important ways.First,Thinnet generally costs less to install and operate than Thicknet.Second,because the hardware that performs the transceiver function is built into the NIC,no external transceivers are needed.Third,Thinnet does not use an AUI cable to attach the NIC to a communication medium.Instead,Thinnet attachs directly to the back of each computer using BNC connector.In a Thinnet installation,a coaxial cable stretches between each pair of machines.The cable doesn't need to follow a straight line-it may lie loosely on the tabletop between computers,run under floor,or run in a conduit.Although,wiring for a thin Ethernet appears to be completely different than the wiring for a thick Ethernet,the two schemes share several important properties.Both thick and thin cables are coaxial,meaning that they shield signals from outer interference.Both thick and thin cables requires termination,and both use the bus topology.Most important,because two wiring systems have similar electrical characteristics,that means signals propagate along the cable is in the same way.

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