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The Multistation Access Unit
is used in Token Ring networks and physically appears very similar
to the hub in an Ethernet environment, allowing network
devices to communicate with each other. As with hubs, multiple devices
individually plug into the MAU. If a MAU detects a failure
on a device, it excludes that device from the network in order to maintain
Figure 35: Mau Multistation Access Unit
The MAU implements the
ring of Token Ring as a logical circle. To maintain an
electronic circle, you must plug in cable from the Ring
in of one MAU to the Ring out of another MAU, and
reverse this to complete the ring.
The Ring is a circle in the logical sense only. The cabling does not have to look like a circle. It can physically look like a bus, star (as in the illustration above) or ring.
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