LAN Adapter

Meaning – The term LAN Adapter, refers to the circuit card within a communicating device that, together with its associated software, enables the device to be attached to a LAN.

It enables a computer to connect with another computer, server, or any networking device over a LAN connection. A network adapter can be used over a wired or wireless network.

A network adapter is usually the only component within a computer for interfacing or connecting with a network. Typically, it is built on a printed circuit board with jumpers that connect it with the computer’s motherboard.

Wireless adapters connect with the network through a built-in or externally connected antenna. Both network adapters support popular LAN protocols such as TCP/IP

Example of usage“A network adapter for wired networks has an RJ-45 port that uses twisted or untwisted pair cable for network connectivity.”