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Hardware requirements for network and dial-up connections

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Hardware requirements for network and dial-up connections

Depending on your configuration, you may need some or all of the following hardware:

  • One or more network adapters with a Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) driver for LAN connectivity

  • One or more compatible modems and an available COM port

  • ISDN adapter (if you are using an ISDN line)

  • DSL adapter

  • X.25 adapter or PAD (if you are using X.25)

  • Analog telephone line, ISDN line, X.25 line, or DSL line

  • Smart card reader

  • Wireless adapter

To verify the compatibility of all hardware, see the compatibility information at Support resources.

For information about configuring a connection, see Configure a connection to a remote network. For a list of network connection icons, see Network connection icons.

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