Ethernet Introduced | Techday, May 13th
On this TECHDAY in history, on May 13th 1980, Xerox, Intel, and Digital Equipment jointly announced the introduction of Ethernet networking. Originally it was only capable of speeds up to 2.94 MB/s. Nowadays Ethernet is the predominant networking standard of today’s business and home networks.
Ethernet is a local area network (LAN) technology that allows computers and other devices to communicate with each other over a network. It has become the most widely used LAN technology because of its simplicity and low cost. It is also widely used in wide area networks (WANs) and metropolitan area networks (MANs). Ethernet is compatible with most operating systems, applicable with a variety of networking hardware, including switches, routers, and hubs.
In the 1980s, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standardized Ethernet and developed the 802.3 Ethernet specification. This specification defines the physical and data link layers of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, widely used framework for understanding and implementing network communication.
Since its introduction, it has undergone several updates and improvements. Today, it supports data transfer rates of up to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps), used in a wide variety of applications, including home networking, Internet service provider (ISP) connections, and corporate networks.
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