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Network+ Training Guide by Mike Harwood, Drew Bird

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The IEEE and Networking Standards

  • Specify the main features of the 802.2 (LLC), 802.3 (Ethernet), 802.5 (Token Ring), 802.11b (wireless), and FDDI networking technologies, including the following:

    • Speed

    • Access method

    • Topology

    • Media

Whereas a topology defines the structure of a network, network standards define how it works. As early as the 1970s, it was apparent that networks were going to play a large role in future corporate environments. Many manufacturers saw the computing and network trend and became increasingly active in network component development. These companies realized that in order for their products to work together, standards would be necessary to ensure compatibility. The task of producing the standards fell to an international ...

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