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Ethernet Adapter Question


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#1 segedunum

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:49 AM

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me with this.  I'm looking at buying a new laptop, which doesn't come with an Ethernet port.  Will an Ethernet Adapter that plugs into a USB port allow me to hook it up to an Ethernet connection if I need to?  Something like this:

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8527332&CatId=200

 

Hope it's not a silly question, I've never had a laptop without an Ethernet port.  Thanks in advance for any replies.



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:04 AM

 That will work just fine for a wired connection.  I assume your laptop will come with a WiFi adapter, so you could always get on the Internet with that.  The wired connection might be a little faster when needed though.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:19 AM

Yes, these will work exactly like a ethernet port but you may have slower transfer speeds than a typical built in 10/100/1000 NIC. That one is USB 3.0 so it should still have a decent speed.


Edited by zingo156, 25 July 2014 - 11:20 AM.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

Hi zing156, thanks for your reply, I appreciate it.  The laptop I'm interested in buying only has USB 2.0 ports, so guess I need a 2.0 adapter?  I'm ok with the slower speeds as long as it will allow me to get an Ethernet connection if I need it.  Thanks again.



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:33 AM

If the laptop only has 2.0 ports, a usb 3 adapter will not help with speed but should still work. I would get which ever adapter was cheaper in your case. The 3.0 adapter might come in handy if you upgrade to a usb 3.0 computer in the future.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:57 AM

OK great, thanks for the info.



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

Thanks wpgwpg for your reply, I didn't see it posted earlier.  Yes the laptop has built in Wi-Fi, was just wanting some way to get a wired connection when required occasionally.  


Edited by segedunum, 25 July 2014 - 07:57 PM.





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