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I. Setting Up Your Network > 2. Creating a Wired Network the Ethernet Way

Chapter 2. Creating a Wired Network the Ethernet Way

It may sound like some sort of anesthesia, but Ethernet is the most popular networking technology in the world today. Linking computers together with colorful cables is not a brand-new technology, either. Ethernet was invented back in the early 1970s in that happy bell-bottomed era of macramé vests and early Elton John. Created by Bob Metcalfe at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, Ethernet offered a way to let everyone in the building use the first laser printer ever invented—which Xerox PARC also happened to have. (Some things never change: people on computer networks have been trying to make do with one shared printer ever since.) But over the decades, Ethernet has gotten faster, sturdier, and more powerful and remains an excellent choic....


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