Whats the difference between a NIC/NAC/Ethernet card?

By wallabing
Sep 29, 2006
  1. Network interface card, Network adapter card, ethernet card

    They are all the same thing right? Should there be one standardized term so it wont confuse people?
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    as far as i know, they're all the same.. although NIC and ethernet are usualy the common ones people use..

    I maybe slightly off :D
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    For everyday use they are the same. One may argue that a "Network Interface Card" may be something else than Ethernet (wireless, Token Ring, ATM), but usually it does mean an ethernet adapter.

    Whether things are confusing or not, depends on the author, the intended audience and the readers. In one context one term is suitable, in another you have to use something else.
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