I'm trying to determine two things:
1) If someone in 1987 said they were using Ethernet, what would that imply about the communications having error correction? For example, was any built into the standard at the time? Did it depend on whether TCP/IP was used, IPX, SPX, something else available? Would it depend on the type of message being sent, or the function call used to send the message?
2) If someone today uses 802.11b, is error correction always used, or is the answer subject to the same types of questions posed in (1)?