Method and apparatus for integrating repeater management, media access control, and bridging functions

  • US 5,742,603 A
  • Filed: 09/14/1995
  • Issued: 04/21/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/14/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A repeater management device for communication networks, the repeater management device controlling repeaters and routing data packets between a receiving port and a destination port, comprising:

  • repeater management means for controlling and monitoring repeater functions related to the retransmission of the data packets and for providing status of and control over repeater functions via an external repeater management interface;

    bridging support means, coupled to the repeater management means, for receiving the data packets on the receiving port and for forwarding the received data packets to the destination port in accordance with a destination address; and

    media access controller, coupled to the repeater management means, for providing signal framing of the data packets and for controlling access to a repeater data interface.

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