How to install a USB Network Adapter?
A network adapter card is required to connect a computer to a network or Internet. Most computers have wireless networking built-in. Older computers may need to have a network adapter added to them before using them on a network. USB Network adapters can come in different models.
To install a USB Network Adapter, proceed as follows:
- Shut down your computer to connect the network adapter to an unused USB port on your computer.
- Turn the computer on and install the drivers for the Network card. If using Windows as Operative System, it will recognize the newly added hardware and pop up a “Found New Hardware” dialog to complete. Insert the driver CD that came with the network and click through the rest of the new hardware setup wizard to complete the installation. Alternatively, the necessary software can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s Web site.
- Connect the Network cable to the back of the computer and then to the network outlet, modem, hub, switch or router.
- Once the Network card has been successfully installed set the configuration values for the network card in the software. You will need to input and IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS servers (it is recommended you contact the network administrator to verify the configuration values)
- Restart the computer. Once the computer has rebooted, the network adapter is ready to use.