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    Hi Teachers,

    Could you please tell me the meaning of the word "contention" in the sentence below. I already looked it up in a dictionary, but I still can't seem to understand it.

    Ethernet is a contention media access method that allows all hosts on a network to share the
    same bandwidth of a link.


    Thanks so much for your help in advance.

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    Contention (telecommunications) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The various computers and devices on the network all "contend" for the same bandwidth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The various computers and devices on the network all "contend" for the same bandwidth.
    Based on your sentence, it seems that the meaning of contention is sharing / using. Am I correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Based on your sentence, it seems that the meaning of contention is sharing / using. Am I correct?
    Contend | Define Contend at Dictionary.com

    The dictionary would tell you what "contend" means. It doesn't mean "share." "Compete" is more like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Contend | Define Contend at Dictionary.com

    The dictionary would tell you what "contend" means. It doesn't mean "share." "Compete" is more like it.

    Ok, but looking back at the original question, the "contention" means "competition" in the sentence below? That does not seem correct.

    Ethernet is a contention media access method that allows all hosts on a network to share the
    same bandwidth of a link.

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    They utilize the same resources on the network, but they do it by contending for the resources. There is no overall "master" who determines how the resources are shared, that allots time and bandwidth to various other "slave" devices on the network.

    Instead, all devices on the network speak when they want and there are ways of detecting "collisions" of data and allowing "retrys" when data is lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    They utilize the same resources on the network, but they do it by contending for the resources. There is no overall "master" who determines how the resources are shared, that allots time and bandwidth to various other "slave" devices on the network.

    Instead, all devices on the network speak when they want and there are ways of detecting "collisions" of data and allowing "retrys" when data is lost.
    Thanks so much. You seem like you have a lot of knowledge in computer networking.

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