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AstraNet: An Active, Heirarchical-Star, Fiber Optic Ethernet
Author(s): Eric G. Rawson; Ronald V. Schmidt; William F. Gunning; M. Douglas Bailey; Alan K. Truman; Gary K. Toyama
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Paper Abstract

AstraNet* is a heirarchical, active-star configured, Ethernet-compatible, fiber optic local area network. The use of active nodes makes all fiber links in the network point-to-point in nature, permiting the use of cost. effective LEDs and PINs and assuring reliable collision detection. AstraNet's heirarchical topology significantly reduces the amount of optical fiber required, reducing both cable and installation costs. We describe the AstraNet architecture and modules and report the results of field trials involving up to 176 network ports and both wall and under-carpet outlets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 1985
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0559, Fiber Optics: Short-Haul and Long-Haul Measurements and Applications III, (19 November 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.949606
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Eric G. Rawson, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (United States)
Ronald V. Schmidt, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (United States)
William F. Gunning, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (United States)
M. Douglas Bailey, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (United States)
Alan K. Truman, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (United States)
Gary K. Toyama, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0559:
Fiber Optics: Short-Haul and Long-Haul Measurements and Applications III
Robert L. Galawa, Editor(s)

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