Quick Reference Guide to 10BASE5 Thick Ethernet
FIGURE 3.1 Connecting a computer to thick Ethernet
Thick coaxial segments are still sometimes installed as a backbone segment for interconnecting Ethernet hubs, since thick coaxial media provides a low-cost cable with good electrical shielding that can carry signals relatively long distances between hubs.
On the other hand, thick coaxial cable is limited to carrying 10-Mbps signals only, which means you must replace the cable if you wish to link hubs together at higher speeds. High quality twisted-pair cable or fiber optic cable can carry either 10-Mbps or 100-Mbps signals, therefore many sites prefer to use these cables as a way of linking hubs together.
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