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Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2001 

Short for Attached Resource Computer network, ARCnet is one of the oldest, simplest, and least expensive types of local-area network. ARCnet was introduced by Datapoint Corporation in 1977. It uses a token-ring architecture, supports data rates of 2.5 Mbps, and connects up to 255 computers. A special advantage of ARCnet is that it permits various types of transmission media -- twisted-pair wire, coaxial cable, and fiber optic cable -- to be mixed on the same network.

A new specification, called ARCnet Plus, will support data rates of 20 Mbps.

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ARCnet network products
Contains information on ARCnet network products from Synergetic Micro Systems.

ARCnet publications
Provides links to various ARCnet standards, documentation, and data sheets.

ARCNET Trade Association home page
Home page for ARCNET Trade Association, a non-profit organization of ARCNET users and manufacturers. This site provides a history of ARCNET, links to technical publications, membership information, directories, and product information.

History of ARCNET Trade Association
Provides a history of the ARCNET Trade Association. There is also a purpose statement and membership information.

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