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There are several types of networking devices that can be referred to as a network or wireless adapter. Some are used to connect to networks, while others add Bluetooth® connectivity. If your organization needs to add networking or Bluetooth functionality to your workstations, the information below will outline the most popular options.
Wireless network adapters
Two of the most common interfaces for wireless network adapters are USB and expansion card slots.
Wired network adapters
Ethernet is the standard that all routers, switches, and hubs use for wired networks. An Ethernet cable closely resembles a telephone cable, except that it contains more wires and has a wider connector. Like wireless network adapters, the two most common interface types for Ethernet adapters are USB and expansion card slots.
Almost all standalone Bluetooth adapters are USB devices, and some PCI/PCIe wireless network adapters may also include Bluetooth functionality. There are several standards for Bluetooth devices, so you should ensure that the wireless adapter you purchase is compatible with the devices that you plan to pair it with.