Expansion module for a communcations network

  • US 5,841,639 A
  • Filed: 02/29/1996
  • Issued: 11/24/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/26/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An expansion module to connect additional communication ports to a hub of a communications network comprising:

  • an enclosure containing additional communication ports on a motherboard,a hub receiving portion on an exterior of the enclosure to mount to a hub of a communications network,a mating interconnection board to electrically connect with a first electrical connector on the hub when the enclosure is mounted to the hub, whereby the additional communication ports are connected to communications network circuitry in the hub,a hub connection cavity in the enclosure,the mating interconnection board being connected to the motherboard and facing the hub connection cavity,an interconnection board carrying a second electrical connector,an expansion port opening in the enclosure,the second electrical connector facing the expansion port opening for connection to a duplicate expansion module containing additional communication ports and a mating interconnection board for connection to the second electrical connector, when a duplicate expansion module is mounted over the expansion port opening in the enclosure.

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