What's Ethernet?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iWinnipegger, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. iWinnipegger macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    i got a macbook for hanukkah, what's ethernet lol.
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    it's the connection you use to connect to internet... if you use any of the broadband internet services.

    it looks slightly bigger than telephone port


    read more there if you want to
  3. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    It's one net or the other as part of teh internets.
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Basically, to connect to the Internet, you'll either use a USB modem, ethernet, or AirPort. If you are on broadband and don't use wireless, then it's most likely ethernet :)
  5. tuartboy macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    It's endearing how MR members are actually trying to answer a question such as this when it clearly could be googled.

    I mean:

    It's endearing how MR members are actually trying to answer a question such as this when it clearly could be googled lol.
  6. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Ethernet is technically a networking standard, a way that computers on a network can communicate to each other. Every computer gets an ethernet address or MAC (Media Access Control) address, normally burnt into the network interface itself to ensure that every computer's address is unique.

    There are several different Ethernet interfaces to choose from, but the one that has become dominant is the RJ-45 interface, which allows for four twisted pairs of copper wire to transmit and receive information. On slower Ethernet speeds only two of the twisted pairs are used. The Ethernet interface in every Mac manufactured since about 1998 is of the RJ45 type. Since most other types of computer in the world also use RJ45, you can easily buy networking devices such as hubs, switches and routers to attach your computers together easily.

    Use Cat5e or Cat6 UTP cable to get the best reliability, and make sure your switch has at least 10/100BaseT standard compliance for the best speed. For even greater speed 1000BaseTX (gigabit ethernet) switches are common, but are more expensive.

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