How to install an Internal PCI Network Adapter?
Some old desk computers may need a network adapter added to them before be able to access a network. To install and Internal Network Adapter follow the below steps:
- Ensure the computer is powered down and unplugged.
- Open the computer’s case and locate an available slot within the computer and gently push the card into the slot until it snaps and holds place.
- Once the network card has been physically installed into the computer, place the case.
- Connect the Network cable to the back of the computer and then to the network outlet, modem, hub, switch or router.
- 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.
- 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 adaptor is ready to use.