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How to Tell If Computer has Ethernet Card?

Posted by marita40 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 18, 11 at 11:25

Hello all, I'm taking my laptop overseas for a conference and am told I need to have an ethernet card for internet hookup. I've tried in vain to discover whether I have one already installed on this computer. Can anyone tell me? Here are the specs:
HP Pavilion Entertainment series dv6500 running Vista
Bought in 2007
Under Device Manager/Network Adapters are two items:
broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller

Does any of this give the answer I need? I "think" there's an ethernet port but don't know for sure. And if there is an ethernet port, is there also an ethernet card?


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RE: How to Tell If Computer has Ethernet Card?

broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN <======That's the wireless adapter as listed in device manger. WLAN====> Wireless Local Area Network.

Looks like you have one!!!!

NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller<====== That's the Ethernet adapter. When you connect a cable (Ethernet cable) directly to the Laptop from a router or modem that's the adapter that's used. If you look usually on the side of the laptop you should see 1 or 2 square ports where the Ethernet cable would connect. Little bigger then a phone jack type connector.

RE: How to Tell If Computer has Ethernet Card?

if you will need to connect using Ethernet be sure you carry an Ethernet cable with you! As zep said they look similar to a phone cord but the end connector is bigger than for the phone.
I have several various length cables, before I had my wireless router I used a 50 ft Ethernet cable to use my netbook in my recliner. I pick them up a Fry's but any place with electronics has them.

RE: How to Tell If Computer has Ethernet Card?

And don't spend more than about $5-$6 for a cable. Many walk-in stores will charge a ridiculous amount for cables. As you can see from the link below, you can get ethernet cables of up to 100' in this price range. For travel, you may want to pick one that is lighter weight: the thicker ones are sturdier, but may be a bit heavy if you get a really long one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ethernet cable

RE: How to Tell If Computer has Ethernet Card?

Thanks all. I'm happy to know I have ethernet! My school is actually lending me a cable so I'm all set there. Hoorah! P.S. Due to you who all are so kind to answer questions, I've found this a very helpful forum. Thanks!

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