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NIC Cards

Friday, June 9th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

NIC Cards

You may often hear the term “nic” being thrown around in reference to computers. Ever wonder what it means? Well, NIC stands for Network Interface Card. It is pronounced like “nick” and it is basically the card that makes the physical connection between your computer and a network cable.

NIC cards usually go along with an Ethernet connection and they also come in different sizes; those being 10, 100 and 1,000 Base-T configurations. (Base-T is one of the several applications that are used along with an Ethernet connection. A Base-T uses a twisted pair cable, which is thinner and a lot more flexible to use). Just for an example, a 100 size can transfer data at 100 Mbps (megabits per second) and so on.

These cards come in both ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) and PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) versions and are only made by a few companies. So, if you’re wanting to connect your computer into a network, you must have a NIC card for that to be possible.

~ Erin

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