Chapter 8. Ethernet

In the early 1970s, the industry introduced networking structures that provided distributed access via local area networks (LANs) to different hosts for resource access. This functionality directly diverged from the centralized processing associated with the mainframe and mini-computing environments. One of the first LANs to be developed was the Ethernet topology network. Ethernet development began in the early 1970s as part of a combined effort of the Digital, Intel, and Xerox Corporations (sometimes referred to as DIX Consortium). Xerox was involved from the network developmental side of the collaborative effort. The Xerox development team called the original network platform design XWire. Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) ...

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