Ethernet Adapter in Windows® 7
What is the need of Ethernet card adapter with Windows 7?
Ethernet adapter is one type of network adapter. These adapters support the Ethernet standard in order to get the high-speed network connections through cables. Ethernet adapters are also known as network interface cards. Ethernet adapters are actually available in several different standard packages called form factors. Latest Ethernet cards installed inside desktop systems use the PCI standard and are installed by the manufacturer. Smaller PCMCIA Ethernet adapters that signify credit cards are readily available for laptop and other computers. Ethernet adapters may operate at different network speeds depending on the protocol standard they support.
The following points explain the role, need and compatibility issue of Ethernet adapter with Windows 7:
- Compatibility with Windows 7
Ethernet adapters sends information and various data in the form of electrical pulses over a category five or category six cable, or crossover Ethernet adapter. Ethernet adapters use category five and category six cable at the time of connecting to a network hub and crossover cable when connecting directly to another computer system. Usually some Ethernet adapters are either built into the computer's motherboard where as others are installed into one of the systems expansion bays.
Ethernet adapter is required for creating a local area network. It is much faster than a modem and is ideal in an environment where two or more systems need to be interlinked. When the Ethernet cable is connected to the Ethernet adapter of two or more computers over the LAN, one can transfer files and data. This can be carried out for external hardware such as scanners and printers when data from one system needs to be transferred to another computer. Home network broadband routers contain the necessary technology to allow Ethernet devices to connect through cables and communicate with Wi-Fi devices through the router. An Ethernet adapter may not directly support the Wi-Fi wireless networking.
Users might face issues with the Ethernet adapter in Windows 7. Users may not be able to get connected to the network due to some compatibility problems. Users have to make sure that they purchase and use the right Ethernet adapter which is compatible with the Windows 7 as well as with the computer. The device manager in the system might be showing the right Ethernet adapter installed but does get connected to the network. It is better to do the troubleshooting in order to avoid further issues.
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