Accession Number:

ADA257868

Title:

Design and Implementation of a Fiber Optic Link for a Token Ring Local Area Network

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

This thesis describes the design and implementation of a fiber optic link for a token ring local area network LAN. It features the use of fiber optic channels as the transmission medium between a computer system and a wiring concentrator to convert a physical ring design into a starwired configuration. The LAN was controlled by the TMS380 LAN Adapter chipset, which provided all diagnostic and network management features to include the 4 Mbs electrical signal for operation. Since this adapter was developed for systems using twisted wire pair adapter cables, design modifications required that the fiber link be able to simulate impedance and current characteristics of copper wire link. This allows the use of adapter diagnostic checks for ring continuity and proper ring operation. Design evaluations using test signals and adapter signals from within the computer-concentrator link showed mixed results. All transmission objectives were met but the circuit loaded down the LAN adapter causing hardware error messages.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems
  • Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
  • Telemetry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE