Category: Network and modems
Caution Level: Intermediate
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Operating System: Windows NT 4.0, Win 98, Win 95, Win ME, Win 2k, Win XP
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Token ring local area network technology can be described as a LAN protocol that resides at the data link layer of the OSI model. It utilizes a special three byte called a token which travels around the ring. Token ring frames travel completely around the loop. Stations on a token ring LAN are logically organized in a ring topology with data being transmitted from one ring station to another with the control token circulating around the ring controlling access. A token passing mechanism is shared by token bus, ARCNET and FDDI. It has advantages (theoretically) over the stochastic CSMA/CD of Ethernet. A data token ring frame is a version that has been expanded and which is utilized by stations in transmitting media access control data frames or management from upper layer applications and protocol. IEEE 802.5 and token ring support two basic frame types: data/command and tokens frames.
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Tokens are 3 bytes in length and have a start delimiter, end limiter and access control byte. Data/command frames do vary in size, depending with the information‘s size. Data frames usually carry information for upper layer protocols while on the other hand, command frames have control information but have no data for upper layer protocols. It is possible to connect the token ring to physical rings via equipment such as 100Base-TX equipment and CAT5e UTP cable. Users of Racore Preferred PCMCIA Token Ring Adapter are advised to always use the latest version of the devise driver as this will assist them to utilize its functions better and easier. Versions that are old are known to cause conflicts of devices and errors in network. One should therefore always try to update the Racore Preferred PCMCIA Token Ring Adapter drivers at least once per every month or even more often. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Racore Preferred PCMCIA Token Ring Adapter errors before installing any driver updates.