Informatics A high speed LAN hardware standard for communicating among PCs, which can link up to 1024 nodes in a bus network. See Local area network, Packet swltching. Cf Fiber distributed data interface.
The unit features a three-slot rack that allows the switch to be configured with up to 24 10/100Base-T RJ-45 ports or 12 100Base-FX ports with any mix of a variety of single-mode and multimode slide-in modules.
For example, in a Fast Ethernet environment, a 100BASE-TX to 100BASE-FX media converter connects a 100BASE-TX twisted pair device to a 100BASE-FX-compliant singlemode fiber port that has either a ST or SC fiber optic connector.