network cards

By matthew19
Jan 14, 2007
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  1. i need information on Network Interface Cards (NIC's), the function and operating characteristics of an NIC selected for a network device and demonstrate how the correct driver is installed
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,025   +221

    NIC: Network Interface Card. Ususally this means Ethernet, but it can also
    be a Firewire device (IEEE 1394).

    Ethernet cards have specific thruput ratings; originally they were all 10mb,
    but most are now 10/100mbps and some are 10/100/1000mbps (gigabit).

    For all practical purposes, the 10/100mbps will suffice, as your uplink to the ISP
    will be the limiting factor.

    fyi: Ethernet is a contention network, meaning the origin point writes on the
    circuit w/o asking permission.
    At about 70% utilization, errors will start to occur and the origin needs to
    rewrite the data.
    This then limits the effective thruput to 7/70mbps (thats BITS / sec, not bytes)

    There are lots of vendors for NICs, but if I have a choice, I always go with
    3com -- the defacto industry standard.

    As to drivers, Windows will usually install the correct driver during the
    auto-discovery process. Linux and Macs need to have on from the mfg
    which will usually come on a CD.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    Sounds like someone is doing a mid term report for College?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,025   +221

    maybe -- but he's got to do his own homework on
    >function and operating characteristics of an NIC selected for a network device and demonstrate how the correct driver is installed
  5. matthew19

    matthew19 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    yeah i know but what you have put about network interface cards i am going to take that and put it in to my own words i can't copy what you have put down because i will fail on te assignment i am doing
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,025   +221

    please feel free! after all, you were resourceful enough to
    find us here and to ask the question. +1 point for you :)
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,250   +213

    Man I hope not. Not a good sign if questions like that are in a college course. Unless its for one of those Associates degrees...
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