Ok, this may be a stupid question. Up until now I always assumed a NIC card and an Ethernet Network Adapter were the same things. Are they not? I am trying to setup a home network. The main PC is XP and the other is win98. I am connecting with the Cat5 corssover cable. Now, the problem I am having is on the XP machine first. My Realtek NIC card connects to the modem and everything is fine and dandy as far as getting onto the internet. I switched it and plugged the modem into the SMC EZ Network Interface Card and it doesnt work correctly. I set the TCP/IP setting to automatically receive IP address as I am supposed to and it just keeps giving itself some IP such as 168.xxx.xxx.xx or something like that. This is why I am wondering if these two cards are actually NOT the same thing. And if so, thats fine. I just want to know this so that I know the SMC card is F'd-up or anything.