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Located at SRI International, the central authority that assigns all Internet addresses.2. network interface card: A circuit board that provides the interface between software and hardware in order to facilitate network communication. For example, it allows workstations to communicate with each other or with the server, or allows a printer to communicate with the server. Most NICs are designed for a particular type of network, protocol, and media, although some can serve multiple networks. "Network board" is the preferred term in NetWare documentation.