(also network interface card, NIC)
A network adapter is a hardware component or apparatus that links a computer or alternate electronic equipment to a network, enabling communication with other devices on the network. Network adapters may be wired or wireless, each providing distinct advantages and disadvantages. These adapters are crucial for creating connections to local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the internet.
Wired network adapters, such as Ethernet adapters, provide faster and more stable connections than wireless adapters but restrict mobility. In contrast, Wi-Fi adapters allow for greater freedom of movement but may experience interference and slower speeds, especially in crowded areas with multiple devices.
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