Figure 39 Translating bridges can also be used to interconnect clientserver LANs using a highperformance LAN architecture

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In this scenario, the use of translating bridges creates three separate media access domains: two Ethernet and one FDDI. These bridges, however, do not segment the LANs' MAC broadcast domains. Instead, the bridges unify the three different LANs into a single MAC broadcast domain.

Note Translation bridging is only possible among LANs that adhere to the IEEE's standards for MAC addressing.

Translating bridges are highly specialized devices. Therefore, unless a bridge is specifically identified as a translating bridge, do not assume that it can bridge dissimilar LAN architectures.

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