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(The Inquirer)   Let's all wish a happy 40th birthday to everybody's favorite twisted pair   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Ethernet, Institute of Electrical, optical fiber cable, LAN, Electrical and Electronics, mother boards, pairs, coaxes  
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13769 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 May 2013 at 10:08 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-05-24 10:53:03 AM  
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show me: Yeah, uh, ethernet is a protocol, it's not wires.

The Ethernet standards are a Physical and Link-Layer protocol specification. It does indeed specify what is going on at the physical layer.

If you want to complain about the headline, you would have to point out that UTP/STP was nowhere to be found in the original Ethernet specifications.
2013-05-24 10:48:36 AM  
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That article was written with all of the knowledge and confidence of "experts" that came along in late 1990s with Windows Servers.

The original Ethernet cards didn't have 10BaseT twisted pair ports.  They had the thicknet transceiver connectors and/or the "thinnet" coax BNC connectors. You needed a $50 transceiver to convert to twisted pair.

It wasn't "found" that Ethernet could work or twisted pair, twisted pair Ethernet was engineered, tested, and standardized.

There were no switches in the beginning. There were hubs.  There were no Token Ring switches.  I'll lay odds that Mr. Tata doesn't know the difference.

I could go on....

2013-05-24 08:19:04 AM  
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nekom: It wasn't always twisted pairs.  I remember working with ethernet using BNC connectors and coax wire.

Aah, 10BASE5 and vampire taps. Those weren't the days.
2013-05-24 09:48:53 AM  
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nekom: It wasn't always twisted pairs.  I remember working with ethernet using BNC connectors and coax wire.

Yeah, twisted pair didn't come in until what?  1990?

Back in the 80's it was all coax cable and $1500 adapters.  And you'd have to provide your own TCP/IP stack.

And we LIKED it.
2013-05-24 09:31:19 AM  
1 vote:
I perceive some lawns being walked on and clouds sorely in need of a good yelling at.
2013-05-24 08:51:00 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah, uh, ethernet is a protocol, it's not wires.
2013-05-24 08:22:03 AM  
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