10Base5/Thicknet (was Re: SUN networking problems)

From: Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com>
Date: Sat Mar 24 18:32:17 2001

On Mar 24, 15:07, Dwight Elvey wrote:

> I was working at Intel during the period when ether net was just
> being defined. The reason for the 2.5m spacing was to insure that
> any collision was detected by all of the unit on the wire.
> The idea was that the pulses would be exactly overlapped.

As Tony has already pointed out, that can't be completely true, because it
would depend on the velocity factor of the cable, and the standard does
indeed specify only a minimum of 0.77 for that. Typical values for thick
ether are 0.78-0.8, which gives quite a variation. In addition, it would
require that pulses from two stations be in sync, which is unlikely since
there's no master clock.

> This was
> also the reason for the maximum length without repeaters. The
> packet size was such that any collision was sure to be detected,
> regardless of where one was along the cable.

Actually, the minimum packet size is what determines the maximum total
length *including* repeaters. The maximum length *without* a repeater is
determined by the signal losses.

> It doesn't make any difference where the end terminations are
> placed but both ends need to be terminated.

That's my understanding, too.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						Dept. of Computer Science
						University of York
Received on Sat Mar 24 2001 - 18:32:17 GMT

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