- The Most Popular Network Media
- So What Is Ethernet?
- How Ethernet Works
- What Are All These XbaseWhatnots, and What Do They Mean?
- Cabling Media
What Are All These XbaseWhatnots, and What Do They Mean?
The name of a type of Ethernet is meant to be somewhat descriptive. The first part is the transmission speed in megabits. The second part is either "base" or "broad," depending on whether the signal is baseband or broadband. The number at the end originally was supposed to tell you how far the cable could be run in hundreds of meters before attenuation killed the signal. That stopped somewhere around 10Base5, and now the designation is used to describe the media cabling type specification