Frame types

Frame types

Post by Jing-Rerng Homer Chia » Fri, 21 Feb 1997 04:00:00



I was wondering if anyone out there can explain the different frame types
of Ethernet.  I understand there is 802.2, 802.3, and Ethernet_II.  I was
wondering what it means.  Is it a different type of packet?  Or is it a
different type of transmission method?  Which does linux use?  Is it
possible to set it under linux?  My friend has a novell server up and I'm
wondering if it's possible that I need to connect to his server under a
certain frame type.  My experience is only intermediate at best.  And IPX
is completely foreign.  Any info would be helpful.  Thanks.

Homer Chiang

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Frame types

Post by Gary Hest » Sat, 22 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Quote:>I was wondering if anyone out there can explain the different frame types
>of Ethernet.  I understand there is 802.2, 802.3, and Ethernet_II.  I was
>wondering what it means.  Is it a different type of packet?  

Yes, they are each different types of packets.

Quote:>                                                             Or is it a
>different type of transmission method?  

Same type of transmission method--it's all Ethernet.

Quote:>                                        Which does linux use?  

It can use any of the three, depending on what you're trying to do.

Quote:>                                                               Is it
>possible to set it under linux?

Yes, within limits.

Quote:>                                 My friend has a novell server up and I'm
>wondering if it's possible that I need to connect to his server under a
>certain frame type.  My experience is only intermediate at best.  And IPX
>is completely foreign.  Any info would be helpful.  Thanks.

Generally, IPX connections are made with 802.2 or 802.3 packets. The older
NetWare stuff (3.11 and before) uses 802.3, and the newer (3.12, 4.x)
defaults to 802.2. It is possible to configure any NetWare 3.x or 4.x
server to use either or both on a LAN.

The only real difference between the three packet types is the format
of the data in them.

Gary

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