Media Sharing Among Local Area Networks
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
A technique is described whereby a programmable communications control adapter provides a means of sharing the media of local area networks (LANs). The concept eliminates the need to duplicate LAN wiring in a building, particularly when baseband or varying RF-MODEM carrier frequencies for broadband LANs are required. The adapter also has the ability to switch the shared LANs by means of LAN controller software initializations. In order to achieve media sharing there are two requirements for sharing the media among LANs; Conditioning and Monitoring. Conditioning - All nodes must be conditioned before transmission of data can occur.