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What determines the speed of a LAN that consists of 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps devices?

What determines the speed of a LAN that consists of 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps devices?

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I assume that you are talking about Ethernet and FastEthernet devices. Auto-negotiation and auto-sensing features built into Ethernet hubs, switches and NICs can determine if a given link will operated at half or full duplex and 10 or 100 Mbps. To learn more, read this primer: http://inetd.com/CriticalNetworks/resources/speeduplex.htmlhttp://inetd.com/CriticalNetworks/resources/speeduplex.html.

This was first published in August 2003

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