12. Simplified Full-Duplex Media Access Control

  1. Wael William Diab and
  2. Howard M. Frazier

Published Online: 8 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch12

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

How to Cite

Diab, W. W. and Frazier, H. M. (2011) Simplified Full-Duplex Media Access Control, in Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780738148380

Online ISBN: 9781118121993

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Keywords:

  • broadband subscriber access networks;
  • Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM);
  • simplified full-duplex Media Access Control protocol

Summary

The MAC sublayer is the unifying entity in Ethernet. The base specification for the MAC is written in the Pascal programming language and lives in Clause 4 of IEEE Standard 802.3. This chapter discusses the simplified full-duplex Media Access Control protocol specification that can be found in Annex 4A of IEEE Standard 802.3ah-2004. It explores the evolution of the Ethernet MAC that culminated in the development of this simplified version. The chapter then examines how Ethernet MAC is used both in broadband subscriber access networks based on Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM), and other Ethernet networks, including traditional enterprise networks.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

IEEE 802.3 Standards; media access protocol; radio access networks