Network card

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A network card, as it was common in the 1990s. This card was used for ethernet. It has both a 10Base2 connector for a coaxial cable and a 10BaseT connector for a twisted pair cable
A network card, used for ATM

A Network interface card, NIC, or Network card is an electronic device that connects a computer to a computer network, usually a LAN. It is considered a piece of computer hardware. Today, most computers have network cards.

Network cards let a computer exchange data with the network. To achieve the connection, network cards use a suitable protocol, for example CSMA/CD. Network cards usually implement the first two layers of the OSI model, that is the physical layer, and the data link layer. Today, most network cards use Ethernet. Other network types are ARCNET, introduced in 1977, LocalTalk or Token Ring. There are many network cards which are compatible to only respective software. Depending on your computer arc