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An earlier LAN access method from Apple that used twisted pair wires and transmitted at 230,400 bps. It ran under AppleTalk and used a daisy chain topology that could connect up to 32 devices within a distance of 1,000 feet. Third party products allowed it to hook up with bus, passive star and active star topologies. Apple's LocalTalk PC Card let a PC gain access to an AppleTalk network. See LAP.


(1) (Link Access Protocol) The data link protocol in an AppleTalk network. Support for the various data link types were known as ELAP (Ethernet LAP), TLAP (Token Ring LAP), FLAP (FDDI LAP) and LLAP (LocalTalk LAP).

(2) (Link Access Procedure) An ITU family of data link protocols that are subsets of HDLC, which was derived from IBM's SDLC protocol. See HDLC.

LAP-B (LAP - Balanced)
Used in X.25 networks. Multilink Procedure (MLP) is a LAP-B extension that supports multiple, simultaneous links for increased throughput.

LAP-D (LAP for the D Channel)
Used for the D channel in ISDN networks defined in the ITU Q.920 and Q.921 recommendations. See ISDN.

LAP-M (LAP for Modems)
Used in V.42 modems. Although transmission between computer and modem is asynchronous, transmission between LAP-M modems is synchronous. See V.42.

LAP-X (LAP Half-Duplex)
Used in ship-to-shore transmission.

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