Ethernet is a networking specification that defines how packets of data are transmitted between connected devices. The specification also includes several different cabling alternatives, although most have fallen by the wayside in favor of what we now commonly refer to as an “ethernet cable”. It uses RJ45 connectors (which look like oversized telephone connectors) or wireless connections over which ethernet packets are transmitted.« Back to Glossary Index
Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.