USB - Ethernet adaptor advice, please

  ethelene 15:50 23 Jul 2005

I have bought a new laptop and Linksys router and all is well - except my much loved desktop does not have an ethernet port (is that right?) to connect it to the router.

I have seen adaptor cables for sale - from £4 to over £50.

Is there a difference? Do I need a specific one?

Thanks in advance


  woodchip 15:52 23 Jul 2005

I Think you will have to buy a Ethernet card. for laptop slot

  woodchip 15:53 23 Jul 2005

PS but if it's a Wireless Router, you would be better buying a Wireless card

  ethelene 15:54 23 Jul 2005

Thanks woodchip but the laptop is connected wirelessly, so no problem.

I want to connect my old desktop to the router, by ethernet cable (the router does not have a USB) but my desktop does not have an ethernet connection.

I need a USB to Ethernet adaptor.

Sorry for being muddled in the OP.

  woodchip 16:00 23 Jul 2005

Then you need a PCI Ethernet card

click here

click here

  ethelene 16:05 23 Jul 2005

Thanks for that, woodchip, but as the router is next to my telewest broadband modem I simply want to plug it in. There are four ethernet ports on the router for pc's to be directly connected, a cable was supplied - but it can't plug in to my pc.

I'm not up to opening the computer and adding cards.

I'm looking for the cheapest, easiest solution.

  woodchip 16:09 23 Jul 2005

Well you cannot get a USB to Ethernet cable as far as I know. if you could I would have got one when I went BB

  De Marcus 16:21 23 Jul 2005

You can buy an ethernet to usb adaptor from click here I'm sure if you shop around you can get one much cheaper

  Belatucadrus 16:22 23 Jul 2005

woodchips suggestion is the cheapest, easiest suggestion and it really is easy click here . However if you are absolutely adamant about not fitting a card yourself, then you may have to get a local retailer, dare I say PCWorld to fit it for you.

  De Marcus 16:27 23 Jul 2005

Or £10inc vat from ebuyer click here

  Belatucadrus 16:35 23 Jul 2005

That'd do it, but for decent transfer speeds, it'll need to be USB 2.0

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