Generic name for the category of local area network (LAN) protocols and cabling schemes. Most popular LAN. A LAN connects computers, printers, modems, terminals and other peripherals. Can connect up to 1,024 devices within a main branch. Uses coaxial, twisted pair, and fiber optic cables connectors. Currently at 100 Kbps to 1 Gbps data transmission speed versions. Governed by IEEE 802.3 standard. Xerox developed it in 1976. Refer to token ring network.

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