System for communicating data in a network using both a daisy chain link and separate broadcast links

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PATENT NO 5761433





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A plurality of workstations are sequentially connected to form a chain of workstations in a network having two file servers. The workstations generate data packets for delivery to the file servers. A packet assembly channel receives data packets from the workstations and routes the received data packets through the workstations to a workstation broadcast unit. The workstation broadcast unit broadcasts data packets from the workstations to the file servers via a workstation broadcast channel. Both of the file servers receive data from the workstation broadcast channel and generate data packets for delivery to the workstations. A server broadcast unit is connected to each of the file servers and broadcasts data packets from the file servers to the workstations on separate server broadcast channels.

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Billings, Roger E 26900 E. Pink Rd., Suite 1000, Independence, MO 64507-3284 19 316

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