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Windows Vista® Inside Out Deluxe Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Hardware, Cabling, and Connections

Before you can set up the networking components in Windows, you need to assemble and configure the proper hardware. In addition to two or more computers, you’ll need the following components to set up a home or small office network:

  • Network adapters. Each computer needs an adapter to communicate with the other computers on the network. (An adapter is sometimes called a network interface card, or NIC.) Network adapters can be internal or external. Internal adapters are often incorporated directly onto the motherboard of a desktop or notebook PC or can be installed in a PCI slot on a desktop PC or a mini-PCI slot hidden within the guts of a notebook computer. External adapters are typically connected to a USB port. ...

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