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Network+ Training Guide by Mike Harwood, Drew Bird

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Features and Characteristics of Ethernet 802.3 Standards

  • Specify the characteristics (e.g., speed, length, topology, cable type, etc.) of the following 802.3 (Ethernet) standards:

    • 10BaseT

    • 10BaseTX

    • 10Base2

    • 10Base5

    • 100BaseFX

    • Gigabit Ethernet

As outlined in Chapter 1, the IEEE 802 standards specify the characteristics of LAN systems. Of all the standards detailed by the IEEE, the most widely implemented is the 802.3 standard. Since the introduction of the original 802.3 standards, many substandards have been developed, each of which has its own specifications.

Each 802.3 standard specifies the signaling mode (baseband or broadband), topology, data rates, and media type used. The following sections describe the characteristics of the 802.3 standards.

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