Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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16m Token ring will out perform 100m Ethernet in an environment where there is a lot of activity from multiple users. Ethernet is a “collision” system. If 2 users try to talk at the same time everyone is put in the penalty box until the first card times out. They have different timeout times. Token Ring controls the access so you don’t have collisions.
This is fairly academic for this conversation though, since 70xx RISC used RS422 for most of it’s workstation interfaces. That is an STP media protocol.
I have been out of the computer biz since 98 so I don’t know what everyone is using these days but I bet there is still plenty of Token Ring out there. I know State Farm installed 17,000 agent systems in the late 90s with T/R, replacing the 9371s using RS422. We used the same cables.