Happy Birthday Ethernet

This May seems to be the month for decadal anniversaries. The Ethernet protocol turns 40 today. It started out running on coax cable that was about the size and stiffness of a garden hose, with the pressure on, and gave only 10MB/s throughput. Now, it’s up to gigabit speeds over twisted pair. Not only is it incomparably faster, but you don’t have to worry about your drop-ceiling ….dropping… if you have a long run of it across a room.

As the article says, it’s not every technology that can claim to be cutting edge, 40 years later.



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