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Date:      Thu, 2 Mar 2000 12:21:08 -0800
From:      "John Purser" <johnmpurser@home.com>
To:        "'Timothy A. Musson'" <Timothy.A.Musson@grc.nasa.gov>
Cc:        <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: 
Message-ID:  <000001bf8484$d8a4ed20$40390918@vncvr1.wa.home.com>
In-Reply-To: <200003022003.PAA23748@ssdmail.aero2k1.net>

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Timothy if you keep this up you might wind up giving government employee's a
good name!  Nice job!

John Purser

Currently boycotting Amazon.com

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Timothy A.
Musson
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:07 PM
To: kathi
Cc: freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject: Re:


Think of it as a telephone for computers.

For a telephone conversation you need:
2 people who want to talk to each other
2 phones, one for each person
and phone lines (which includes a lot of switching and routing)

For a computer conversation you need:
2 computers who want to talk to each other (transmit data)
2 ethernet cards, one for each computer
and wires, or ethernet cables (which includes a lot of switching
and routing, and can even use phone lines somewhere in the
middle of all that)

take a look at:
http://www.dansdata.com/network.htm#Network Interface Card
(ethernet cards are a more specific type of Network Interface Card,
or NIC, also commonly referred to as just plain "network card")

more general computer info:
http://www.charm.net/learning.html
and
http://www.matisse.net/files/glossary.html

p.s.  This list is really meant for questions specific to the FreeBSD
operating system.  The above links were found using the keywords
"beginner ethernet" and "beginner network card" on the search engine
http://www.google.com

-Tim


At 02:20 PM 3/2/00 , you wrote:
>
> Would like to know in simple terms.....exactly what is an ethernet card
and
> what is it used for? Thanks,     Kathi





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