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Ethernet was developed in the 1970’s and was started being used commercially in the 1980’s. By the end of the 1980’s, it was the dominant network technology. It was initially used to connect computer systems and peripherals in a Local Area Network (LAN) and quickly evolved to be the protocol used for Wide Area Networks (WAN). Then came the world wide web and the incorporation of the internet into every aspect of communication.
In the mid to late 1990’s, Ethernet’s popularity spread to control systems. The engineering team here at Galil Motion Control determined Ethernet was a viable protocol in 1999 and introduced its first Ethernet Motion Controller. Even today, Ethernet is the most popular method of network communication in control systems.