bergman on 18 Feb 2009 09:31:57 -0800

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[PLUG] ethernet != ethernet (Was: Re: Verizon FiOS?)

In the message dated: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:14:42 EST,
The pithy ruminations from Joe Terranova on 
<Re: [PLUG] Verizon FiOS?> were:

[DISCLAIMER -- I don't have FiOS, and it's not available in my area]

=> Is he saying you have to use coaxial, or that you have to use ethernet
=> with their router?


The word "coaxial" refers to the physical cabling media (OSI Layer 1). 

The word "ethernet" refers to a data link protocol (OSI Layer 2). The ethernet 
protocol can run over many types of physical media, including 10base2 (thinwire 
coaxial cable), 10base5 (thickwire coaxial cable) and 10baseT (twisted-pair).
=> If he's willing to run ethernet, let him install the router. Make sure

By "ethernet" here, I assume you mean CAT-5 (or better) twisted pair cable.

=> he runs an ethernet line, either instead of or as well as coaxial. You
=> want internet over ethernet. Besides that, let him set up the

"internet over ethernet"'re making my head hurt. :)


Mark "feeling pedantic today" Bergman

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