Ethernet v LAN -

  caradoc 13:41 30 Jan 06
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Can someone tell me the difference between a LAN and Ethernet connection please? I have a LAN connection on my motherboard and was wondering if I could connect a modem to it for Internet an connection or will I need to get a Network Interface Card?

  PaulB2005 13:43 30 Jan 06

Both are the same thing - just different names.

  interzone55 14:12 30 Jan 06

Ethernet is the technology whereas LAN is an acronym for Local Area Network.

They are in effect interchangable.

So your answer is yes, providing your modem can be connected to a network port you're fine.

  Batch 14:36 30 Jan 06

LAN is a generic term, whereas Ethernet is a specific technology used in the implementation of a LAN.

Over the years there have been other technologies that "competed" with Ethernet, Token-Ring being the most well-known. But Ethernet is pre-eminent.

For all practical purposes, unless otherwise stated you should be able to assume that a PC LAN uses Ethernet.

  caradoc 16:55 30 Jan 06

Many, many thanks for your replies. Even at the age 70 I'm learning and indebted to each of you.

Best wishes

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