What is ETHERNET?

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.

More On This Topic



Link to This Definition
Did you find this definition of ETHERNET helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary