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Glossary attachment unit interface

Definition of attachment unit interface

attachment unit interface
1.  Is abbreviated as AUI. The cable and connector defined by the IEEE 802.3 ethernet standard used to connect a thick ethernet (10Base5) card with the transceiver. Also called a thicknet connector, piercing tap and vampire tap.
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This device clamps onto the cable, forcing a spike through a hole drilled through the outer shielding to contact the inner conductor while other spikes bite into the outer conductor.