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April 26, 1992

IBM ADMITS THAT TWISTED PAIR IS QUITE GOOD ENOUGH FOR 16-BIT TOKEN RING

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM Corp is continuing to retreat from its position that structured cabling needs to be shielded co-axial cable to be much good for high speed local area networks. The company says it has developed cabling products that support Token Ring traffic at up to 16Mbps – its existing twisted pair adaptors were restricted to handling 4Mbps traffic. The product in question is the 8230 Token Ring Network controller access unit model 2, but there is no word from IBM on where this leaves sales of the structured cabling systems, or the poor saps that signed up to install the stuff or become a reseller of it.

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