See also: Network | LAN

Commonly used type of computer network technology for LAN‘s in homes and offices. Ethernet uses standards and a protocol to directly connect computers. It can be used independently of the internet, while Ethernet convienently runs over IP.

They are many kinds of Ethernet connections. All require a suitable Network Card or built in motherboard functionality. The most common Ethernet technologies has a limited range (about 200 yards).


The name “ether” comes from a different plane that scientists originally theorized light went to in order to explain its speed. Because light was later found to have a determinable speed, this theory was, of course, abandoned. But “ether-net” was used to explain that the speed of the network using ethernet was “fast as light.”

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