Many factors influence the choice of LAN technology. The most important are its performance, its cost of installation and maintenance, its compatibility with other equipment, long term availability of hardware and software, and its general reliability. A major concern is the behaviour of the network under heavy loads. The IEEE 802 committee sponsored Bell Labs to analyze the performance of token ring and CSMA/CD networks. Their general conclusions were:
the smaller the mean frame length, the greater the difference in maximum mean throughput rate between token ring and CSMA/CD.
token ring is the least sensitive to work load;
CSMA/CD offers the shortest delay under light loads, while it is most sensitive under heavy load to the work load.
KeywordsNetwork Traffic Ethernet Network Improve Network Performance Ethernet Link Token Ring
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