Shown here is a picture of an a PCI ethernet card.
An ethernet card is what I would consider a short-distance
high-speed modem. Ethernet cards are used in homes and offices to set up
LANs (or Local Area Networks). In addition, they are used to connect two
computers directly together.
Ethernet technology was co-developed by Digital, Intel and
Xerox. If you ever see an ethernet card labeled, you will notice it has
some kind of descriptive label. The label generally looks something like
10BaseT. This label has two meanings. First, it indicates the speed of
data transfer by the "10", which signifies 10MBps. Then, the "T" indicates
the distance the cable between the cards can span.
A feature usually generated using ethernet cards. The LAN sets up
a virtual network of computers. The LAN is connected together by a system
of ethernet cards, cables, and a hub. The LAN can be used to connect anywhere
from 2 to 100+ computers together. The computers can then share data at
10MBps, and they can even share a printer.
Shown here is the picture of a 10-port hub.
A Hub allows you to connect more than one computer to another. A hub
can have any number of ports or connections to other systems. A hub is
used mostly for 10baseT networks. Basically, hubs copy the information
coming in through one port to the rest of the ports.
Now that you are finished with peripherals continue your education
with something else. You say what is that "something else"? Well, I would
have to say the next wonderful topic is a take off of peripherals, but
that it has its own individual section. So what stores all of the information
your computer it needs? Itís storage devices. Please continue with the
next section on storage devices.
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