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Network+ Training Guide by Mike Harwood, Drew Bird

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Selecting an NIC and Network Configuration Settings

  • Given a network configuration, select the appropriate NIC and network configuration settings (DHCP, DNS, WINS, protocols, NetBIOS/hostname, etc.).

Part of the role of the network administrator is to install and configure network interface cards (NICs) in client and server systems. Today, this is a fairly simple process, although you need to consider many factors. We'll start with perhaps the most basic of considerations—how to choose an NIC.

Choosing an NIC

The choice of what NIC to use depends on certain criteria, including the following:

  • Bus compatibility— Some older systems have only Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) slots, but most modern systems have either Peripheral Component Interconnect ...

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