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An Ethernet Active Star Fiber Optic Distribution System
Author(s): Steven L Storozum; James L Saulnier
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Paper Abstract

An active star topology implementation of an Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Detect (CSMA/CD) local area network is presented. A hierarchical star-to-star interconnect topology is analyzed from a network delay standpoint. This analysis leads to an estimation of maximum network extent based on the IEEE 802.3 local network specification. Network diagnostic techniques and methods of network problem isolation are also presented. These analyses indicate that a high degree of network flexibility is achievable when an active star topology is employed. Additionally, maximum flexibility is provided by a modular central star design that supports interchangeable wire or optical fiber channels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0841, Fiber Optic Networks and Coherent Technology in Fiber Optic Systems II, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.967554
Show Author Affiliations
Steven L Storozum, American Photonics, Inc. (United States)
James L Saulnier, American Photonics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0841:
Fiber Optic Networks and Coherent Technology in Fiber Optic Systems II
John D. Chipman; Harish R. Sunak, Editor(s)

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