So Many Network Adapters


O

Oleander

In Device Manager, when I select "Show Hidden Devices", under Network
Adapters I have the following list of adapters:

BTW, "?" = Do I need this /Can I delete it /What is it

1) ? Direct Parallel
2) * Linsys LNE100TX Fast Ethernet Adapter(LNE100TX v4) <-- This is my
network card
3) ? Linsys LNE100TX Fast Ethernet Adapter(LNE100TX v4) - Packet Sheculer
Miniport
4) ? Net Gear FA311 Fast Ehernet Adapter - Packet Sheduler Miniport <-- this
one has an X over the icon and I think was my old NIC
5) ? WAN miniport (IP)
6) ? WAN miniport (IP) - Packet Sheduler Miniport
7) ? WAN Miniport (IPX)
8) ? WAN Miniport (L2TP)
9) ? WAN Miniport (NetBeui, Dial Out) <-- I'm on DSL?
10) ? WAN Miniport (PPPOE)<--Service Provider doesn't use this AFAIK
11) ? WAN Miniport (PPTP)

Can anyone shed some light on what all these Miniports are, and if I can get
rid of any of them (I assume I can, at least, get rid of the one with the X
on it). I'd be very grateful
Thank you
 
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