My question was on the differences between the types of
>From the answers I received, three types exist.
1) Passive terminators
They attempt to match the electrical voltage on the bus,
but they are just a pass through device. Michel Pearlman
"The original SCSI terminators were passive consisting of a resistor
based voltage divider and thus if your termination supply voltage varied
so did your termination."
2) Active terminators
These are the same as regulated terminators. In fact,
active terminators are regulated to maintain voltage regardless of
variations. Furthermore, as Paul Hostrup-Jessen explains:
"Until the SCSI-II standard came (fast SCSI) you were able to use the normal
passive terminators without any problems. The active terminators (active =
pull-up resistors which make sure that the pulse transition is as fast as pos-
sible) are designed for the faster SCSI standards, but can also be used with
slower SCSI busses. I would stick to the active terminators only, though they
do cost a bit more."
3) FPT's (Forced perfect terminators)
These are the best and you should accept nothing less than these if
you are using fast-wide or fast-wide differential devices and controllers.
Other interesting points were made regarding cables. Use matched impedance
cables on the same chain and use the shortest cable length possible. Also,
Sun is now shipping scsi cables that have collars (chockers) on each end.
These are the ferrite type and some say they solve a lot of the problems
Apparently, there was a talk on this (which I seemed to have missed) at the
last USENIX conference. You can check the ftp sites ftp.usenix.org or
ftp.sage.usenix.org. for more information. Also, the news group comp.periphs.scsi
has a FAQ for SCSI devices.
Thank you to the respondants for their concise answers.
Systeme d'Analyse de Reseau
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