Alan Freedman -- The Computer Language Company - Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Longest-Running Tech Reference on the Planet

A CDE Definition

You'll love The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (CDE) for Tech Term of the Day (TTOD)

LOOK UP ANOTHER TERM


teaming NICs

Two or more specialized network adapters (NICs) that are set up as a "team" for fault tolerance or load balancing. When configured for fault tolerance, the backup NIC takes over if there is any problem with the first one, which could also be a cable failure or port failure at the other end. For load balancing, teaming NICs enable the workload to be distributed among all adapters. See network adapter.



network adapter

Also called a "network interface card" (NIC), a network adapter is a plug-in card that enables a computer to transmit and receive data on a local network. Today, the term refers to an Ethernet adapter, although in the past, Token Ring, LocalTalk and FDDI networks were used. A network adapter may also refer to a Wi-Fi adapter (see wireless adapter). Ethernet circuitry is built onto the motherboard of every new desktop and laptop computer, and plug-in cards (NICs) are generally only used in servers and high-end workstations. See Ethernet adapter, Token Ring, LocalTalk, FDDI and OSI model.



Personal Use Only

Before/After Your Search Term
BeforeAfter
TDM switchTeamViewer
TDM-to-packet conversiontear down
TDMAtear-off menu
TDMSteardrop attack
TDPtearing
TEAtebi
teach boxtebibit
teach pendanttebibyte
Team Developertech bros
Team Enterprise Developertech E&O insurance

Terms By Topic
Click any of the following categories for a list of fundamental terms.
Computer Words You Gotta KnowSystem design
Job categoriesUnix/Linux
Interesting stuffPersonal computers
InternetIndustrial Automation/Process Control
Communications & networkingAssociations/Standards organizations
HistoryDesktop publishing
Audio/VideoGraphics
MainframesSecurity
ProgrammingHealthcare IT
System design