Fast Ethernet was introduced in 1995, and although the words "Fast Ethernet" are not used, the IEEE 802.3u specification was adopted as the Fast Ethernet standard. Fast Ethernet remained the fastest version of Ethernet for before being superseded by gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps/1Gbps) in 1998, which was superseded by 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 10Ge (10000Mbps/10Gbps) in 2002.
Although 100 Mbps is not the fastest, our video "Introduction to Fast Ethernet" will still concentrate on this technology since it is still widely used in industrial Ethernet applications. It is used for departmental backbones, connections to high-speed servers, and connections to workstations running bandwidth-intensive software, such as CAD or multimedia applications.
The video "Introduction to Fast Ethernet" introduces the concept of Fast Ethernet and describes how Fast Ethernet increases the data rate by 10 fold while maintaining interoperability with legacy Ethernet, how full-duplex links can extend Fast Ethernet's maximum network diameter, and how auto-negotiation can be used to rank and assess device compatibility.
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Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating, and controlling automation processes, and for more than 20 years, we have been developing products built upon Ethernet technologies. We are committed to education and training and offer free courses through our Industrial Ethernet University (IEU).
IEU is a virtual education center featuring 24 courses that provide instruction on Ethernet and IP networks, from understanding the basic principles to integrating Ethernet in BACnet wired and wireless networks. IEU offers objective, vendor-neutral, content-rich learning materials on Ethernet protocols and applications. All material is based on the IEEE Std. 802.3 and relevant RFCs.
The Essential Courses (100 and 200 level courses) provide instruction on the core principals of Industrial Ethernet from the physical and data link layers up through the network, transport, and application layers. Electives (300+ level courses) fine tune this knowledge with examples of how Ethernet has expanded into industrial and other real-world applications. 500 level courses explain how building control networks (such as BACnet) utilize Ethernet for control, how to connect Wi-Fi to an IP backbone, and how wireless communication is challenging wired networks for the future.