10base2 is an ethernet cabling standard that specifies the use of 50 ohm coaxial cable that has a diameter of about 5 millimeters. There are a couple of important rules to remember when interconnecting machines with 10base2 cabling. The first is that you must use terminators at both ends of the cabling. A terminator is a 50 ohm resistor that helps to ensure that the signal is absorbed (and not reflected) when it reaches the end of the cable. Without a terminator at each end of the cabling, you may find that the ethernet is unreliable (or doesn't work). Normally you'd use `T pieces' to interconnect the machines. You would end up with something that looks like this:
|==========T=============T=============T==========T==========| | | | | | | | | ----- ----- ----- ----- | | | | | | | | ----- ----- ----- -----
The `|' at either end represents a terminator, the `======' represents a length of coaxial cable with BNC plugs at either end, and the `T' represents a `T piece' connector. You should keep the length of cable between the `T piece' and the actual ethernet card in the PC as short as possible. The `T piece' will ideally be plugged directly into the ethernet card. Was this section helpful? Why not Donate $2.50?