switched Ethernet - Computer Definition
Refers to the use of switches in an Ethernet network. This term was more commonly used when networks were being transitioned from hubs to switches. Today, Ethernet switches are the norm, even a low-cost 5-port unit is a switch rather than a hub. Throughout the 2000s, migrating from shared Ethernet hubs to Ethernet switches provided a dramatic increase in throughput. An Ethernet hub shares the total bandwidth of the unit with all the devices transmitting at the same time. With an Ethernet switch, each sender/receiver pair transmits at the highest common speed between them. See Ethernet switch, N-way and hub vs. switch.