A printed circuit board which is installed in a PC. It provides the communications interface to the network. Also referred to as a NIM (Network Interface Module). See also NIC (Network Interface Card).
Physical interface card that supports a particular device and its use of a particular technology. For example, an ATM network adapter enables a computer to connect to an ATM network.
a peripheral (add-on device) designed to send and receive networking signals (communications) through an ethernet cable