View Full Version : Ethernet troubles
08-10-2006, 03:19 PM
I'm in the process of moving over to a wireless internet connection in order to use Xbox Live and improve my PC connection. However, I have a bit of a problem in that my PC doesn't have an ethernet port.
I've spent a while trawling the internet but haven't been able to discover, in layman's terms, the solution for this. Is it just as simple as buying a USB to Ethernet adapter - like this: http://www.directusbstore.co.uk/cnb/shop/directusbstore?productID=135&op=catalogue-product_info-null&prodCategoryID=30 - or do I need to do something else?
All help gratefully received.
I'm sure that would work Ben, or, failing that, a network card, like
08-10-2006, 03:31 PM
Cheers. Do I also need one of these babies?
Orange's FAQ is very vague - possibly because they want you to buy as many of their products as you can afford.
08-10-2006, 03:32 PM
I'd suggest going with an ethernet card, never used an adapter as you mentioned, plus it doesn't take up a USB port.
08-10-2006, 03:32 PM
If your PC is next to your router no, hook it up wired.
08-10-2006, 04:03 PM
Here's Orange's advice:
"Can other people access my broadband connection - how do I know it's secure?
Your Livebox has its own unique security code, so no one else can link to the Internet using your connection.
What do I need to get wireless?
You need a computer with Windows 98 or later, a CD-Rom drive and an Ethernet port. If you haven't got a wireless-enabled computer, you'll need a wireless adaptor. You can buy one for £29.99 from our accessories shop or when you join."
You get one of their Liveboxes free when you upgrade your account, but my computer isn't wireless-enabled so according to them I need this adaptor as well as an ethernet card or USB lead. Is that incorrect? I'm more confused now...
08-10-2006, 04:34 PM
You don't need to buy one of thiers at 29.99, you should just be able to use a USB wireless dongle, you can probably pick on up for about half the price. You don't need both wired and wireless one or the other is fine.
08-10-2006, 05:49 PM
You should be able to use a USB to ethernet without a problem. Your laptop/PC will see It as a network card complete with MAC address.
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