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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Understanding Ethernet

Ethernet is extremely popular in corporate and home networks, and is the most common connection media for FreeBSD systems. Ethernet is a shared network; many different machines can connect to the same Ethernet and can communicate directly with each other. This gives Ethernet a great advantage over other network protocols, but Ethernet has physical distance limitations that make it practical only for offices, co-location facilities, and other comparatively small networks.

Many different physical media have supported Ethernet over the years. Once upon a time, most Ethernet cables were thick chunks of coaxial cable. Today, most are comparatively thin CAT5 cables with eight strands of very thin wire inside them. You might also ...

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