Table of Ethernet Standards

Commercially introduced in 1980, Ethernet is a network technology of computers for Local Area Networks and Metropolitan Area Networks. The first ethernet standard introduced in 1983 was IEEE 802.3. In order to meet higher bit rate transmission requirements, Ethernet standards have also been updated. Competing wired transmission technologies such as FDDI, Token Ring and ARCNET etc have given their way to the progress of Ethernet.

Ethernet has diversified to keep pace with the mobile transmission technologies and introduced the popular Wi-Fi technology standardized in IEEE 802.11. Wi-Fi, which is a wireless technoloogy is the primary alternative for Local Area Networks, which is a wired technology. Ethernet standards have many wiring and signalling variants of the OSI physical layer in use with Ethernet. Earlier Ethernet standards specified Coaxial cables as shared medium that were replaced with twisted copper pair cables and later fiber optic cables. Data transmission rates have also been updated from 3 Mbps to the current 100 Gpbs. Standardization work for 400 Gbps for commercial introduction on 2017 is underway.

The below table summarizes the Ethernet standards;

Ethernet StandardPublication YearStandard NameTransmission RateType of Medium
IEEE 802.3198310Base510 MbpsThick Coaxial Cable
IEEE 802.3a198510Base210 MbpsThin Coaxial Cable
IEEE 802.3d1987FOIRL10 MbpsMultimode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3i199010Base-T10 MbpsCat-3 Twisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3j199310Base-F10 MbpsMultimode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3u1995100Base-T
100Base-FX
100 MbpsCat-5 Twisted Pair Cable
Multimode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3z19981000Base-SX
1000Base-LX
1000 Mbps
1000 Mbps
Multimode Fiber Cable
Multimode/Singlemode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3ab19991000Base-T1000 MbpsCat-5e Twisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3ae200210GBase-SR/SW
10GBase-LR/LW
10GBase-ER/EW
10GBase-LX4
10 GbpsOM3 Multimode Fiber Cable
Singlemode Fiber Cable
Singlemode Fiber Cable
Multimode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3af2003PoETwisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3ah200410Pass-TS
2Base-TL
1000Base-LX10
1000Base-LX10
1000Base-LX10
1000Base-LX10
1000Base-LX10
1000Base-LX10
10 Mbps
2 Mbps
100 Mbps
100 Mbps
100 Mbps
100 Mbps`
Copper Telephone Cable
Copper Telephone Cable
Singlemode Fiber Cable
Singlemode Fiber Cable
Singlemode Fiber Cable
Singlemode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3an200610GBase-T10 GbpsCat-6A 565Twisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3aq200610GBase-LRM10 GbpsMultimode Fiber Cable for FDDI
IEEE 802.3at2009PoE PlusTwisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3av200910G EPON10/10 Gbps
10/1 Gbps
Singlemode Fiber Cable
IEEE 802.3ba201040GBase-CR440 GbpsTwisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3ba201040GBase-SR440 Gbps4 x OM3 Multimode Fiber Cable/direction
IEEE 802.3ba201040GBase-LR440 GbpsSinglemode Fiber Cable using WDM
IEEE 802.3ba2010100GBase-CR10100 GbpsTwisted Pair Cable
IEEE 802.3ba2010100GBase-SR10100 Gbps10 x OM3 Multimode Fiber Cable/direction
IEEE 802.3ba2010100GBase-LR4100 GbpsSinglemode Fiber Cable using WDM
IEEE 802.3ba2010100GBase-ER10100 GbpsSinglemode Fiber Cable using WDM
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