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Thicknet vs Thinnet-Difference between thicknet and thinnet

This page Thicknet vs Thinnet describes difference between Thicknet and Thinnet.

Ethernet based LANs using thick cable for inter-connection is referred as Thicknet. While ethernet systems using thinner coaxial cable is referred as Thinnet.


Thicknet is also referred as 10Base5 systems, where 10 means 10Mbps speed. Base means baseband and 5 denotes 500 meter max. distance between nodes/repeaters. RG-8/U cable is used as thick cable in thicknet based LAN network.


Thinnet is also referred as 10Base2, where 2 denotes 200 m max.distance between two nodes or repeaters. RG-58/U is used as thin cable in thinnet based LAN network.

Thicknet vs Thinnet is best understood from ethernet cable standards. Refer Ethernet Tutorial which covers basics of Ethernet standards, frames(DIX, 802.3), CSMA/CD protocol, topologies, Ethernet test and more. 10Base2 and 10Base5 as mentioned are ethernet standards. The other ethernet standards are 10BaseT, 10BaseFL, 100BaseTx, 100BaseT4, 100BaseT2, 100BaseFx, 1000BaseSx, 1000BaseLx, 1000BaseCx and 1000BaseT.

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