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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.3

As Wikipedia says, 802.3 is for ..."wired Ethernet". How can I name copper and fiber networks in one word to describe 802.3 standard and to distinguish from 802.11?

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    "wired" - Ethernet is always wired, copper or fiber.
    – Zac67
    Jan 7 '19 at 13:19
  • But fiber is not wire, or?
    – nufuniliza
    Jan 7 '19 at 13:20
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    You don't have to cal it "wire" if you don't want to. But everyone else does.
    – Ron Trunk
    Jan 7 '19 at 13:29
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    Not literally, but it's the same. Use "cable" if you want to make a difference.
    – Zac67
    Jan 7 '19 at 14:26
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How can I name copper and fiber networks in one word to describe 802.3 standard and to distinguish from 802.11?

IEEE 802.3 is ethernet, while IEEE 802.11 is Wi-Fi. They are distinct LAN protocols at both the physical and data-link layers. You simply distinguish them by their names. Ethernet is going to be on a wired medium, and Wi-Fi is going to be wireless. Each also uses a different frame format.

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  • IEEE 802.3 is Ethernet, while IEEE 802.11 is Wi-Fi or wireless Ethernet
    – nufuniliza
    Jan 8 '19 at 10:40
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    @nufuniliza, Wi-Fi is not wireless ethernet. It does not use any physical or data-link protocols as defined by the ethernet standards. There is nothing resembling ethernet in Wi-Fi. It is actually ignorance and depending on marketing materials for your knowledge that causes people to think Wi-Fi is wireless ethernet.
    – Ron Maupin
    Jan 8 '19 at 15:56

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