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Adding a PCI ethernet card?

I have an old but trusty Dell 4400 pc. I recently received a new hub from my broadband provider and would like to connect it to an ethernet connection on the pc. They advise me I needs PCI ethernet card which seems simple enough to put in. Can you tell me pleaseL

What do these cards do and what are their advantages?

Is there anything to be aware of in purchasing one?

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Peter

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A PCI ethernet card is used to create a LAN port on the computer so you can connect it to a highspeed modem or router. The advantage of using a PCI ethernet cart as opposed to a USB is as follows. One is cost: PCI ethernet cards can be purchased for under $20 dollars(some USB adapters are $30 plus). And two is speed: USB 2.0 adapters are pretty fast but not as fast as PCI cards(your older Dell might not even have USB 2.0 and 1.1 is very slow). And three: A USB lan adapter will take a usable USB port away from you. As far as purchasing one you do not need to spend a ton of money. They are all pretty standard and the cheap ones work just as well as the expensive ones. Check out www.newegg.com where they have good prices and a large selection of computer components.

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One port on the router is an "Ethernet" port -- look closely to see the 8 wires in the socket.

You'll need a similar 8-wire connector on your computer,
and an "Ethernet-cable" that has 8 strands of wire.

Adding-in the PCI Ethernet card will add an 8-wire connector,
so that the Ethernet-cable can be connected.

Be sure to buy a 'PCI' Ethernet adapter, not 'PCI-E', and not 'ISA'.
It may come with a CD-ROM containing software to be installed.

Don't pay more than $20. Or, find a "computer-geek" -- he/she probably will have one or more "spare" PCI Ethernet cards to give to you.




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