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Ethernet Designations

IEEE 802.3 specifies a series of standards for telecommunication technology over Ethernet local-area networks. The following chart details the different Ethernet flavors and how they differ from one another.

DesignationDescription
10Base-210 Mbps baseband Ethernet over coaxial cable with a maximum distance of 185 meters. Also referred to as Thin Ethernet or Thinnet or Thinwire.
10Base-510 Mbps baseband Ethernet over coaxial cable with a maximum distance of 500 meters. Also referred to as Thick Ethernet or Thicknet or Thickwire.
10Base-3610 Mbps baseband Ethernet over multi-channel coaxial cable with a maximum distance of 3,600 meters.
10Base-F10 Mbps baseband Ethernet over optical fiber.
10Base-FB10 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two multi-mode optical fibers using a synchronous active hub.
10Base-FL10 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two optical fibers and can include an optional asynchronous hub.
10Base-FP10 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two optical fibers using a passive hub to connect communication devices.
10Base-T10 Mbps baseband Ethernet over twisted pair cables with a maximum length of 100 meters.
10Broad-3610 Mbps baseband Ethernet over three channels of a cable television system with a maximum cable length of 3,600 meters.
10Gigabit EthernetEthernet at 10 billion bits per second over optical fiber. Multimode fiber supports distances up to 300 meters; single mode fiber supports distances up to 40 kilometers.
100Base-FX100 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two multimode optical fibers.
100Base-T100 Mbps baseband Ethernet over twisted pair cable.
100Base-T2100 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two pairs of Category 3 or higher unshielded twisted pair cable.
100Base-T4100 Mbps baseband Ethernet over four pairs of Category 3 or higher unshielded twisted pair cable.
100Base-TX100 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two pairs of shielded twisted pair or Category 4 twisted pair cable.
100Base-XA generic name for 100 Mbps Ethernet systems.
1000Base-CX1000 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two pairs of 150 shielded twisted pair cable.
1000Base-LX1000 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two multimode or single-mode optical fibers using longwave laser optics.
1000Base-SX1000 Mbps baseband Ethernet over two multimode optical fibers using shortwave laser optics.
1000Base-T1000 Mbps baseband Ethernet over four pairs of Category 5 unshielded twisted pair cable.
1000Base-XA generic name for 1000 Mbps Ethernet systems.

For more information, visit the IEEE Standards Association home page.



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