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Chapter 2. Connecting Your Computers Together > Installing a Network Adapter

Installing a Network Adapter

To connect to a network, a computer needs a network adapter. Network adapters are either internal cards that you install inside your computer or external devices that you connect to one of your computer’s unused ports. Newer computers often have network adapters pre-installed; however, you might need to install them yourself. After a network adapter is installed, you can plug the appropriate cables into it to connect the computer to the network.

Internal Network Adapters

An internal network adapter is a network card that plugs directly into a slot, called a Peripheral Components Interconnect (PCI) slot or an Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) slot, inside your computer. Some computers have internal network adapters built in.


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