Why is 'Ethernet' capitalized?


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mattrobs

Microsoft Word automatically capitalises 'Ethernet' for me. Wikipedia has 'Ethernet' always capitalised.

Why?

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tao muon

It's a registered trademark.

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yanowhiz

It also looks more professional when capitalized: ethernet or Ethernet

Even FF2.0 spell check says "ethernet" is spelled wrong.

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LewisBraid

i never thought about that... just automatically wrote it like that :s

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Nicholas-c

how odd

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gollux

Goes way back to the good old days where IBM Token Ring, ARCNet (Attached Resource Computing Network), DECNet (Digital Equipment Corp Network), some other really arcane IBM stuff and Bob Metcalf's Xerox PARC project that eventually became EtherNET and 3Com were all battling it out for dominance. Ethernet despite all the years of being picked at for not always being network friendly under high collision traffic and the miseries of thick cable and thin cable with their grounding/termination problems, really took off once 10BaseT (twisted pair) came into widespread use and now has complete dominance.

It is a proper name for a particular type of network and therefore is capitalized.

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rvbfan
It is a proper name for a particular type of network and therefore is capitalized.

^

Thats the reason right there.

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Corris

Since people didn't know (I'm one) why not add it to Wikipedia for future reference. :p

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kibkid

It's the name of a protocol, therefore it's capitalized

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