What’s a network card?

It’s interesting how people that don’t work in the technology business just have no idea about a lot of the buzzwords we use. It takes years of experience to get to grips with some of the acronyms. In fact my very first

I was writing something yesterday (keep your eyes out on Monday) and dropped CLI into the text. One of the developers in the office proof read what I had written and asked what CLI meant.

Well I told him and resolved to modify the text to mention Caller Line Identification. It felt I was really dumbing down but actually most people don’t have a clue what most tech acronyms mean.

Line card, CLI, VOIP, even ADSL. Most people will call ADSL traditional broadband as opposed to fibre broadband. People do call a router a router although they have no idea what a router does. It’s what the ISP calls the box they send their customers.

Tech has to be dumbed down big time for people to even come close to understanding it. This is evident from the fact that when someone complained that the use of the words fibre broadband to describe FTTC was misleading as the term gave people the impression that it was fibre all the way to the house whereas we all know it isn’t.

It was either Ofcom or the ASA (another acronym) who threw it out saying that it didn’t matter that fibre broadband was part copper because people just associated it with a certain speed of broadband.

We don’t all agree with this of course but there again most of us, and most readers of this blog, probably understand all the tech terms to the extent that I often don’t bother explaining things. I just say “google it”.

Anyway in answer to the question what’s a network card? It’s usually a physical interface and a MAC function. Simples really…

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

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