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A Transceiver converts
from one form of physical cable to another form. An example
would be to convert the DB-15 of Thicknet to an RJ-45 for UTP. On some
occasions, you will need a transceiver to extend a segment.
Transceivers can combine one type of cable with a different type of
adapter, as seen below, or they can be simple boxes with two different
types of ports (for example, DB-15 and RJ-45), which plug into a machines
Ethernet port, and allow the networks standard cabling to be used
to connect to a machine that doesnt support that standard cabling.
For example, many older workstations built before 10BaseT networks
became popular, have an AUI connector for a Thicknet connection, as
their only network adapter. To connect one of these machines to a modern
100BaseT network, youd need to plug a 100BaseT-to-AUI transceiver
into the machines AUI (Thicknet) port, and a 100BaseT cable into
the RJ-45 port on the transceiver.
Figure 36: Sample transceiver cables
Transceivers convert a network segment from one cable type to another.
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