Definition - What does Ethernet Transceiver mean?
An Ethernet transceiver is a hardware device designed to connect computers or electronic devices within a network, allowing them to transmit and receive messages. A transceiver consists of a transmitter and a receiver, hence the name.
An Ethernet transceiver is also known as a media access unit (MAU).
Techopedia explains Ethernet Transceiver
An Ethernet transceiver is hardware used in Ethernet and IEEE 802.3 specifications. It is responsible for linking computer networks. It is a component of the physical layer in the network ISO model. Functions of an Ethernet transceiver include:
- Collision detection
- Digital data conversion
- Processing on Ethernet interface
- Providing access to the network
Several workstations can be connected on a single connection of an Ethernet bus via a multi-port transceiver or MAU. Ethernet transceivers can be configured as a joined station, a discrete device or an Internet hub available for multiple connections.