Why Ethernet is Called ETHERNET

By | February 13, 2011
Do you have question that why the word Ethernet is called Ethernet? and what is the Origin of Word Ethernet?Here is the brief history that why Ethernet was named as ETHERNET.

In late 1972, Metcalfe and his Xerox PARC colleagues developed the first experimental Ethernet system to interconnect the Xerox Alto, a personal workstation with a graphical user interface. The experimental Ethernet was used to link Altos to one another, and to servers and laser printers. The signal clock for the experimental Ethernet interface was derived from the Alto’s system clock, which resulted in a data transmission rate on the experimental Ethernet of 2.94 Mbps.

Metcalfe’s first experimental network was called the Alto Aloha Network. In 1973 Metcalfe changed the name to “Ethernet,” to make it clear that the system could support any computer–not just Altos–and to point out that his new network mechanisms had evolved well beyond the Aloha system. He chose to base the name on the word “ether” as a way of describing an essential feature of the system: the physical medium (i.e., a cable) carries bits to all stations, much the same way that the old “luminiferous ether” was once thought to propagate electromagnetic waves through space. Thus, Ethernet was born.”

Also the word ETHER Means

A medium of great elasticity and extreme tenuity, supposed to pervade all space, the interior of solid bodies not excepted, and to be the medium of transmission of light and heat; hence often called luminiferous ether.