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Cisco Networking Simplified, Second Edition by Paul Della Maggiora, Neil Anderson, Jim Doherty

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Chapter . Ethernet

History of Ethernet

Robert Metcalfe developed Ethernet at the famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1972. The folks at Xerox PARC had developed a personal workstation with a graphical user interface. They needed a technology to network these workstations with their newly developed laser printers. (Remember, the first PC, the MITS altair, was not introduced to the public until 1975.)

Metcalfe originally called this network the Alto Aloha Network. He changed the name to Ethernet in 1973 to make it clear that any type of device could connect to his network. He chose the name “ether” because the network carried bits to every workstation in the same manner that scientists once thought waves were propagated through space ...

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