How to connect a network card?
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A network card is the device by which a computer connects to a network. Network cards come in two types - USB and PCI. More information about them can be found in the article What is a network card.
Self-connecting a USB card is very simple: to do this, simply connect it to your PC using a USB cable. However, such cards are rare: the PCI models are much more common, with the installation of which you need to tinker a little longer.
To install a PCI network card, follow these steps:
- gently remove the plug, which is located on the back of the system unit of your computer and closes the slot where you will install the card;
- Select the slot for the installation of the card: there are two of them on the motherboard, both are made of white plastic. It is best to install the network card in the lower slot, because in the upper one it may be too close to other components (for example, to the fan used to cool the video card);
- install the card in the slot and fix it with a bolt (it should be located on the left);
- Close the lid of the system unit, then connect the network cable to the card connector. If everything is done correctly and the card is OK, the indicator should flash on it, and after turning on the PC, the operating system will inform you about the appearance of the new device.