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Chapter 19. FUTURE NETWORKS: WHERE IS TE... > High Speeds Coming to a Network Near...

High Speeds Coming to a Network Near You

The Ethernet standard has been around since 1976, and even though Fast Ethernet has been available for a number of years, many networks still run at the original 10Mbps Ethernet speed. Although a gigabit version of IBM Token-Ring is in the works, token-ring networks have been happy to plug along at 16Mbps.

So, one might wonder why faster LAN architectures haven't been adopted with greater fervor. Well, other than the expense, there has not been a huge bandwidth crisis on these networks. Smaller networks seem to have all the bandwidth they need for file and print sharing. Larger networks use switches and routers to conserve network bandwidth.


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