Ethernet is a set of technologies and protocols that are used primarily in LANs. It was first standardized in 1980s as IEEE 802.3 standard. Ethernet is classified into two categories: classic Ethernet and switched Ethernet.
Classic Ethernet is the original form of Ethernet that provides data rates between 3 to 10 Mbps. The varieties are commonly referred as 10BASE-X. Here, 10 is the maximum throughput, i.e. 10 Mbps, BASE denoted use of baseband transmission, and X is the type of medium used.
Classic Ethernet is simplest form of Ethernet. It comprises of an Ethernet medium composed of a long piece of coaxial cable. Stations can be connected to the coaxial cable using a card called the network interface (NI). The NIs are responsible for receiving and transmitting data through the network. Repeaters are used to make end-to-end joins between cable segments as well as re-generate the signals if they weaken. When a station is ready to transmit, it places its frame in the cable. This arrangement is called the broadcast bus.
The configuration is illustrated as follows −
The main fields of a frame of classic Ethernet are −