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See also: ethernet
- 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.
Ethernet (plural Ethernets)
- A computer network that complies with this set of standards.
- In both senses, this word is often used attributively, as a noun adjunct, in a manner resembling an adjective:
- These products comply with Ethernet standards.
- I'd like to buy some Ethernet cable.
- Originally a trademark of Xerox, and hence capitalised, but this was relinquished during the standardisation process, and it may now be written in lower case.
network cabling protocol standards
computer network which complies with standards