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Network adapter

Network adapter means a PC adapter board designed to permit a computer to be attached to some sort of network medium. The NIC handles the translation of digital information into electrical signals for outgoing network communication and translates incoming signals into their digital equivalent for delivery to the machine in which it’s installed.


Network adapter is a synonym for network interface card (NIC). It refers to the hard ware device that mediates communication between a computer and one or more types of networking media.

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