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Hi, I am pretty much confused between NIC and Network adapter. Where can I find the exact explanation for the two? Is NIC same as Ethernet Card? I want to ...
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    what is the function of Network adapter?


    Hi,

    I am pretty much confused between NIC and Network adapter. Where can I find the exact explanation for the two? Is NIC same as Ethernet Card?
    I want to know the architecture of Ethernet Card

    Thanks,
    Sowmya

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    NIC stands for Network Interface Card, which is the same as Network Adapter. Ethernet Card is a type of NIC

    I want to know the architecture of Ethernet Card
    explain a little more please. Hardware or Software?

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    Hi

    Thanks. I would like to know the architecture of Ethernet Card from both the perspectives. My project revolves around understanding the concept of packet capture mechanism in Linux.

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    How much hardware knowledge do you have?
    (understanding of the system busses and pheripheral chips?

    I can help you on the hardware side, butIt would take too long to explain it here, for there is no short description to explain.
    If you leave your e-mail adress with me, I'll send you a longer answer

    The best way to begin is to google on the topics.
    - ethereal, pcap for software side
    - hardware/chip manufacturers for the hardware side

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    Take a read on cisco stuff...

    I can recommend you to read cisco systems CCNA for start.

    You can never want to know to ride a bike before you know how to walk.

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    Thanks.

    I kinda know about buses etc...but not to a great extent. My project revolves around the concept of packet capture mechanism in linux. Dont know if I need to dig deep down into the hardware aspects of Ethernet Card. My email id is sowmyamb@gmail.com.

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    about capturing of packets, read this about pcap and this about ethereal for the software side of it all. with a little deduction and reading the source you can find out enough to do your job.

    I don't think you need to know much about the hardware side, unless you only need to adress a single type of card which is 'not standard'. and even then knowing how to adress the registers of the NIC should be enough.

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