10BASE5 (also known as thick Ethernet or thicknet) was the first commercially-available variant of Ethernet. 10BASE5 uses a thick and stiff coaxial cable up to 500 metres (1,600 ft) in length. Up to 100 stations can be connected to the cable using vampire taps and share a single collision domain with 10 Mbit/s of bandwidth shared among them. The system is difficult to install and maintain. 10BASE5 was superseded by much cheaper and more convenient alternatives: first by 10BASE2 based on a thinner coaxial cable, and then once Ethernet over twisted pair was developed, by 10BASE-T and its successors 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T. As of 2003, IEEE 802.3 has deprecated this standard for new installations.

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