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Network Port Replacement

I am wondering if it is possible to replace the Network port on a Dell Computer, I have come to the conclusion that it is the actual port that is not functioning properly. This computer is less than 5 years old. Please let me know if you by chance have a walkthrough were I could do it myself. Thank you! Michelle

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You can not replace a network port [RJ45] on a Desktop PC bacause usually these ports are suface mounted or soldred to he motherboard itself. Tampering the motherboard may leave it unusable. So it is adviced that you could easily buy and install add-on network adaptors that could serve your needs. If you have a laptop computer you should consult a hardware dealer to find whether they offer any laptop solution for additional network card/port.

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