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Network Know-How by John Ross

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Adding a Network Interface to an Old Computer

If you're using an older computer, it's possible that the computer does not have a built-in network interface. In that case, you must add one before you can connect it to your network. Fortunately, network interface adapters are inexpensive and easy to install.

As a minimum, look for an Ethernet adapter that can handle both 10Base-T and 100Base-T networks. If you plan to connect the computer to a Gigabit Ethernet network, you'll need a faster and more expensive adapter.

Like other computer components, Ethernet adapters are available both as inexpensive no-name products and slightly more costly brand-name versions that come with better documentation and a manufacturer's warranty. As always, you get what ...

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