NIC/ethernet card

By aminura
Mar 22, 2006
  1. Hello!
    Well, today there was a technical presentation by some students in my school so there was this discussion about NIC's. So somebody came up with a question that what's the difference between ethernet card and network interface card..! To that, the guy replied that ethernet card's different in sense that they have some better protocol and additional features as compared to NIC...
    What I thought was that they were the same thing!! So is it actually different?
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Ethernet is the protocol - wiring,signaling,speed standards for a LAN.

    An ethernet NIC is simply a piece of hardware that implements,and is described by,the Ethernet.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    In theory, a NIC (Network Interface Card) can be anything, including non-ethernet networks like Token Ring, Token Bus, ATM, whatever. In our everyday use, network = ethernet of course and "ethernet card" and "NIC" mean execatly the same thing.
  4. aminura

    aminura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok! Thanks for the replies
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