Ethernet is a standard that is used to connect computers in a local area network. The standards give the specifications and protocols that should be followed in the development. Ethernet was developed in the year 1973 by Robert Metcalfe. It was patented Xerox in the same year. Ethernet was developed basing on ALOHAnet technology and enhanced to support the interconnection of many computers in a local environment. One of the strengths of Ethernet is that it is cheap to design because of the lack of the devices that are used on the network. The use of coaxial cable will eliminate the presence of noise on the network. One limitation of this model is that it is difficult to change, troubleshoot, and come with specialized cable. This technology should evolve so that there are private connections that are necessary. There should be the inclusion of private connectivity for companies. This will enable companies secure their networks. The current needs of networking should be integrated to the connectivity. This can be seen with the suggestion to have VLink connectivity features to the model (Christensen et al., 2010).
The history of TCP/IP began with the development of ARPANET which was a model that was used to enable computers to communicate with each other. With the evolution of computer networking, TCP/IP was developed so that it could connect computers on a wide geographical area. One of the strengths with TCP/IP is that there is reliability of the transmission. This allows the users to send their data over the internet without worrying of what will happen. One weakness of the protocol is that it is hard to achieve confidentiality. The current networking needs to include security mechanisms. This should be integrated to the TCP/IP protocol. It should also be fully integrated and converted to have IPv6. This is because of the increased users of the networks (Fall, & Stevens, 2011).
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Fall, K. R., & Stevens, W. R. (2011). Tcp/ip illustrated (Vol. 1). Addison-Wesley Professional.