Ethernet LAN Segments

Posted on October 11, 2009. Filed under: CCNA, ICND1 break down |

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A Ethernet LAN segment is a network connection made by a single unbroken network cable. The network cable have a length limit, because the signal will tenuate as they travel down the cable and finally be corrupted by the line noise.

The following table compares many Ethernet cable specifications for the speed and the maximum segment length.

Ethernet specification speed cable Maximum length
10BASE-T 10 Mbps Twisted-pair 100m
10BASE-FL 10 Mbps Fiber-optic 2000m
100BASE-TX 100 Mbps Twisted-pair 100m
100BASE-FX 100 Mbps Fiber-optic 400m
1000BASE-T 1000 Mbps Twisted-pair 100m
1000BASE-LX 1000 Mbps Fiber-optic 550m for multimode fiber or  10km for single-mode fiber
1000BASE-CX 1000 Mbps copper 25m

When we need an Ethernet LAN longer than a single cable’s maximum length, devices such as repeater, hub, switch and routers are needed to extend LAN segments. Notice that all computers attached to a given Ethernet segment compete for the same amout of bandwidth provided by the network media.

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