Network card in Windows® 7
What is the significance of network card in PC operating on Windows 7?
A network card is a type of Ethernet adapter. These cards support the Ethernet standard to deliver the high-speed network connections through cables. Network cards are also known as Ethernet cards. Network cards are actually available in many different standard packages called form factors. Newer network cards that are already installed inside desktop computers use the PCI standard and are installed by the manufacturer. Small PCMCIA network cards that signify credit cards are mainly available for laptop and other systems. Network cards may operate at various network speeds depending on the protocol standard they support. Old network cards are capable of giving only 10 mbps of speed. Modern Network cards support the 100 Mbps standard for fast network and an increasing number now also give gigabyte network support at 1000 Mbps.
The following points explain the role, need and compatibility of Network card with Windows 7:
- Compatibility with Windows 7
Network cards use category five and category six cable while connecting to a network hub and crossover cable when connecting directly to another system. Usually some network cards are either built into the systems motherboard itself where as, others are installed into one of the computers expansion bays. Network card sends data and various information in the form of electrical pulses over a category five or category six cable, or crossover network card.
When the network cable is connected to the Network card of two or more computers over the LAN, one can transfer files and data. This can be carried out for external hardware such as scanners and printers when data from one system needs to be transferred to another computer system. Home network broadband routers contain the required technology to allow network devices to connect through cables and communicate with Wi-Fi devices through the router. An Network card may not directly support the Wi-Fi wireless networking. Network card is required for creating a local area network. It is faster than a modem and is ideal in an environment where two or more systems need to be interlinked.
The network cards which are fully compatible with Windows 7 can deliver the best performance. Users might face issues with the Network card in Windows 7. Users may not be able to get connected to the network due to some compatibility issues. In order to avoid that, users have to make sure that they purchase and use the perfect network card this is compatible with the Windows 7 as well as with the computer. The device manager in the system might be showing the right network card installed but does get connected to the network. It is better to do the troubleshooting in order to avoid further issues.
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