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Network interface devices are very important to computers as they connect PCs to desired high speed network. Therefore the Ethernet controller is one of the most common types of interface that is available today which has supplanted several older technologies and includes technologies like AppleTalk and Token Ring. The Ethernet interface is basically required so that you can take the advantage of the available high speed networks for office or your home computer use. Currently most computers are pre-configured through Ethernet interface and are ready to be connected to the Internet.

There are also a number of companies that produce add-in Ethernet controllers to be used in computers.  You can purchase Ethernet controller cards from D-Link, Linksys and 3Com. In addition to this there are also several motherboard companies which embed controllers to their products. This means that there is no need to for any extra requirement for Ethernet control card. You should know that computers can support more than a single Ethernet controller and they can also be used as gateways or routers if they are correctly configured.  When you are looking for an Ethernet controller you should know that every Ethernet controller will have its unique network IP address which consists of six octets or full bytes. A typical IP address looks like 01-18-87-5F-6C-2G. The first three digits basically mean the manufacturer ID and in this example is a Gateway computer.

The rise in the networked computers during the early 1990s had also brought these high speed Ethernet controllers to be used widely. However before these Ethernet controllers there were just midrange computers like that of produced by IBM and Sun Microsystems which features this in built Ethernet controller card. Indeed even prior to this the Windows 95 computers that provided support for the TCP/IP were the only hardly available for the computer and they needed more drivers or some other tweaks.

Some of the basic Ethernet devices previously ran at about a 10MB speed which used 10BASE-T specifications. However these had been largely replaces with the improved and much faster interconnect speeds.  The controllers of today can easily achieve 100MB or even faster gigabit Ethernet data access rate. However there are even slower connections that determine the actual effective speed of the controllers. This means that your entire office network can achieve 100MB data rate, but throughput with the outside world has limits to the speed of your cable, DSL or other connections that you have.

Although TCP/IP is the standard network communication protocol for most internet communications, Ethernet controllers can also run several protocols at the same time. For example the card can be configured to use your Microsoft networking protocol which is formally called as NETBEUI that grew out a previous protocol that was called as NetBIOS, EtherTalk, TCP/IP and Netware IPX/SPX of Novell client at the same time. The activity on the configured protocols is actually multiplexed through these devices and therefore there is no need for user intervention to manage these underlying network connections.

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