How many types of Network Adapters there are?
A network adapter interfaces a computer to a network. It is typically a small unit of hardware and can be found in different forms as:
- PCI adapters fit inside a desktop personal computer often called simply NIC.
- PCMCIA adapters also known as “credit card” or “PC Card” adapters, they are inserted into the side of a notebook computer.
- USB adapters are plus into a standard USB port of any computer.
- Media adapters connect to the Ethernet port of an Xbox or Playstation game console or other home entertainment product, providing a bridge to Wi-Fi wireless capability.
- Wireless network adapter chips are usually found in newer computers.