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Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Fifth Edition by Mark Edward Soper, Terry W Ogletree

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CHAPTER 7. Network Interface Cards

SOME OF THE MAIN TOPICS IN THIS CHAPTER ARE

Choosing a Hardware Bus Type 104

The Wired for Management (WfM) Initiative 110

Multi-Homed Systems 113

Load Balancing and Dual-Redundant Network Controllers 114

Software Drivers 114

IRQs and I/O Ports 116

Troubleshooting Network Cards 119

The network interface card (NIC) is the piece of hardware that links a computer or workstation to the network media. The standard Ethernet NIC resides at the Physical level of the OSI Seven-Layer Reference Model and is the device responsible for translating data into zeros and ones for transmission on the network media for the network using electricity or light. To send data to and from other computers, the NIC’s driver software ...

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