What does ethernet mean?

Definitions for ethernetˈi θərˌnɛt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ethernet(noun)

    a type of network technology for local area networks; coaxial cable carries radio frequency signals between computers at a rate of 10 megabits per second


  1. Ethernet(Noun)

    A set of network cabling and network access (CSMA/CD) protocol standards for bus topology computer networks invented by Xerox but now controlled by the 802.3 subcommittee of the IEEE.

  2. Ethernet(Noun)

    A computer network which complies with such set of standards.


  1. Ethernet

    Ethernet is a family of computer networking technologies for local area networks. Ethernet was commercially introduced in 1980 and standardized in 1985 as IEEE 802.3. Ethernet has largely replaced competing wired LAN technologies. The Ethernet standards comprise several wiring and signaling variants of the OSI physical layer in use with Ethernet. The original 10BASE5 Ethernet used coaxial cable as a shared medium. Later the coaxial cables were replaced by twisted pair and fiber optic links in conjunction with hubs or switches. Data rates were periodically increased from the original 10 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second. Systems communicating over Ethernet divide a stream of data into shorter pieces called frames. Each frame contains source and destination addresses and error-checking data so that damaged data can be detected and re-transmitted. As per the OSI model Ethernet provides services up to and including the data link layer. Since its commercial release, Ethernet has retained a good degree of compatibility. Features such as the 48-bit MAC address and Ethernet frame format have influenced other networking protocols.

Editors Contribution

  1. ethernet

    A system for connecting a number of computer systems to form a local area network, with protocols to control the transmission of data and information.

    There are many different types of ethernet that work to a similar agreed standard and protocols.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethernet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethernet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Glen Hunt:

    ...when it comes down to the authority for standardizing carrier Ethernet services, the MEF continues to stand tall.

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