(also multistation access unit, multiport transceiver, MAU)
A multistation access unit (MSAU) is a networking device that connects multiple devices in a Token Ring network. The MSAU facilitates communication among these devices by controlling the passage of data packets, or tokens, around the network. By managing the token flow, MSAUs help maintain a reliable and efficient network, reducing the likelihood of data collisions and ensuring proper transmission and reception of data.
See also: network interface card, token ring
MSAUs are similar to ethernet hubs and switches in that they connect multiple devices within a network. However, they differ in terms of the underlying network topology and communication protocols. MSAUs are specifically designed for Token Ring networks, whereas hubs and switches are used in ethernet networks.
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