auto partitioning

An Ethernet technology that isolates malfunctioning ports, devices and/or network lines from the rest of the network, stopping the transmission of data from flowing through the faulty network element. Auto partitioning is one method networks use to ensure that no data is lost during transmission.

When a network detects a malfunction, such as collisions along the network, a disconnected port, a jamming signal or even the wrong type of or degraded wiring, the faulty element is automatically partitioned (i.e., further data is stopped from traveling the suspicious path) so that the integrity of the entire network is not compromised.

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