SFA's ResNet FAQ

What is an Ethernet (or network) card?

An Ethernet network adapter (card) provides the interface for communication between a computer system and an Ethernet network. When determining which adapter to buy, make sure that it operates at speeds of 10 or 100 Mbps (or both, typically noted as 10/100 Mbps) on an Ethernet network and that it utilizes an RJ-45 connector. Typically these will be internal adapters requiring removal of the computer's external cover for installation. External USB varieties are becoming increasingly popular and more widely available and do not require internal installation. However, these devices are dependent upon the availability and functionality of a USB port on the computer system.

Refer to question 8 for help identifying an Ethernet port on your computer.

Telecommunications & Networking Dept.
Created: June 1, 2001
Last revised: November 30, 2003
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