Can I use an IBM Token Ring PCMCIA card in my laptop to connect to a 10/100 Ethernet network?
Unfortunately the answer is no. Ethernet is defined by the IEEE 802.3 specification and Token ring by the IEEE 802.5 specification. Ethernet is not compatible with Token ring.
If you wanted to allow communications between such networks (Ethernet and Token Ring) then you would use a gateway that would translate the packets from one network to another.
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