How to Connect Ethernet Cable to Laptop without Ethernet port?
A few years ago that was a time when laptops were larger in size, heavy in weight and all the ports were standard. Nowadays laptops are trending toward thinner models those are attractive, lighter in weight and have all those features you need in your laptop. If you are buying a new slim and small size shiny laptop, then you are losing a DVD drive (No one uses anymore) as well as some important ports like Ethernet jack.
If you are trusted on your Wi-Fi and not using Ethernet jack for an internet connection that doesn’t mean you have to go without Ethernet.
Go through this document we will show you how to connect Ethernet cable to the laptop if your laptop has no ethernet port to even the most razor-thin laptop.
We have received a query from our regular reader John Smith related to the topic above. He says:
|“I have a new Windows laptop that is slim and lightweight having all the features that I need. But there is only one thing I am missing, that is Ethernet jack. The laptop has all other connection ports such as USB-3.0 and HDMI port but doesn’t have Ethernet. The Wi-Fi in my area of the office is flaky so I want to connect internet through Ethernet cable”.|
So, that was the problem which John Smith was facing. But our experts always have a solution for the quires that they receive from the people. So let me start to the solution of the problem.
How to connect Ethernet cable to laptop without Ethernet port?
If you rely on Wi-Fi day-to-day, but in conditions where Wi-Fi is not available or weak, 3.0 USB , 3.1 or USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter can be used to get the signal you need.
USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter come into different varieties that you can purchase from the market. Some are expensive and some are cheaper but there is a performance difference between different varieties. If you are working with a tight budget then go for the USB 2.0 adapter that is available for $10 to $25.
For a faster connection, you should have to purchase USB 3.0 that performed faster than USB 2.0, but it is slightly expensive. You can purchase USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter if your laptop has a USB 3.0 port, otherwise, it will not compatible.
If you are using an operating system other than windows on your MacBook or laptop, make sure the USB adapter that you are going to purchase is supported with your operating system.
How to connect USB Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
USB Ethernet adapter features a USB male connector on one side and female RJ45 port on the other side. It allows you to convert your USB port into Ethernet port. This will let you connect to the internet through your USB port. It is capable of Gigabit Ethernet speed.
If you have a USB 3.0 adapter then make sure you are connecting the adapter in USB 3.0 port on your laptop.
Some of the USB adapters are plug and play but some required drivers. So, download the drivers if your adapter does not install it automatically. To download the driver you should have to go to the manufacturer’s website or you can find the driver’s CD/DVD inside the packing.
Connect an Ethernet Cable to USB Adapter
After connecting the USB Gigabit Ethernet Adapter to the laptop and installing the drivers, now it’s time to connect Ethernet cable to the adapter. When you will connect the Ethernet cable to adapter’s RJ 45 port then the internet will be connected to your laptop.
Why Ethernet connection is important?
Even your wireless internet connection is working perfect but there are some situations where you will miss an Ethernet connection:
Weak Wi-Fi Signals
You are in your company’s conference room and ready to wrap up your new invention presentation with a web-based demo. You have connected your laptop with the wireless network. Unfortunately, if your wireless connection drops down the signal during the presentation, then you can miss an Ethernet connection.
You have installed all the required drivers for Wi-Fi connection on your laptop, but your sitting is too far from the nearest wireless access point to get a good signal.
Now you have complete knowledge to connect Ethernet cable to laptop without Ethernet port and what is the importance of Ethernet connection.
Today’s question was raised up by one of our readers that I answered with details. If you have any other query about the configuration of the laptop then feel free to submit your comment or send us your question by email. We will completely guide you about the solution.
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