Network Adapter - Ethernet Cards and Wireless Network Adapters
What Is a Network Adapter?
A network adapter provides the interface between a computer and a network connection. The term was popularized originally by add-in Ethernet hardware cards for PCs, but many different types of network adapters exist today.
NIC - Network Interface Card
The term NIC refers to network adapter hardware in the form factor of a card. Some NIC cards support wired connections while others are wireless. NIC stands for Network Interface Card.
What Is a Dongle?
In computer networking, a dongle is a short length of cable designed to bridge between two devices having different connector types.