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NETWORK ADAPTER ANNOYANCES

A NIC IS A NETWORK CARD IS AN ADAPTER

The Annoyance:

My computer-literate friends, and the articles I read about home networks, tell me I need to buy NICs or network cards. How do I know what I need?

The Fix:

Those terms are nicknames for the same thing—a hardware device called a network adapter. The following are the most common adapters:

  • PCI Cards fit in a PCI slot inside your computer (the slot is sometimes called a bus).

  • USB adapters connect to a USB port on your computer.

  • Embedded adapters are built into the computer by the manufacturer (which means you don’t have to buy or install anything).

  • PC Cards (sometimes called PCMCIA devices) slide into the PC-Card port of a laptop computer.


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