Why Ethernet?

Compared to other protocols, Ethernet has significant advantages, including the following:

  •  Low cost
    Because Ethernet is everywhere and the volume is high, the cost is low.
  • Compatibility
    Ethernet is compatible with most customer LANs.
  • Support
    A wide range of applications can run over Ethernet.
  • Flexibility
    Ethernet provides both Layer 1 and Layer 2 functions; it can be used with or without SONET encapsulation; it can support both point-to-point and multi-point applications.
  • Scalability
    Bandwidth Ethernet can accommodate data rates all the way from 10 Mb/s to 10 Gbps.
  • Familiarity
    Customers are familiar with Ethernet and feel comfortable with Ethernet interfaces to the wide area network.

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