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16. Server Hardware > Network Interface Card

Network Interface Card

The Network Interface Card (NIC) provides the connection between the network cable and the server’s bus. NICs fill a conceptually simple niche, but their variety reflects the many permutations possible between network cable, cable signalling protocol, and host computer bus. NICs take an incoming serial stream of bits and output a parallel stream onto the bus, and vice versa. Until recently, it could be assumed that the network connection would be far slower than the CPU and bus, but LAN network speeds have been increasing faster than CPU and bus speeds, so it is no longer a safe bet that your network card can be handled by your machine. Still, at the interface to the Internet, you can be fairly sure that your server will be more constraine....


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