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Laptop unable to connect to cable modem

I have an older HP, it doesn't have an ethernet card, but it does have USB ports. I'm trying to use the USB port connection from my Time Warner Cable modem, but haven't been able to make a connection. Am I wasting my time and should I instead opt to use an ethernet card in the PCMI slot?

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  • tumblez007 Jun 23, 2008

    I didn't mess with the USB, and used an ethernet card like you suggested and I'm up and working. Thanks for the advice!

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Although you can use a USB connection, you have experienced first hand one reason why I never recommend it. Firstly, you have to install drivers for the modem itself, usually included on the install CD. However, if you just purchased an ethernet card for under $15 locally or under $8 on the web, you plug it in, and once it's installed you just go without further complications and it is faster and more reliable as well.

Posted on Jun 22, 2008

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 22, 2008

    Sorry, the prices I quoted are for a desktop but for under $20 online you can get one for your laptop.

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