Shared Ethernet

The traditional type of Ethernet, in which all hosts are connected to the same bus and compete with one another for bandwidth. In contrast, a switched Ethernet has one or more direct, point-to-point connections between hosts or segments. Devices connected to the Ethernet with a switch do not compete with each other and therefore have dedicated bandwidth.

Also see the Ethernet Designations chart in the Quick Reference section of Webopedia.

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