Computer Technology 101: How to Connect to a Wired Network

Many homes and offices are now switching to wired networks. A wired network is preferred when you want to perform some activities requiring a fast connection. People would often switch to a wired network to make the transfer of large files easy. Gamers also prefer to use a wired network, because of its reliable service. A wired network connection will give you quick streaming and crystal clear HD on movie sites like Netflix and Hulu.

People would choose a wired network for everything that requires a fast network. Fortunately, connecting your computers to a wired network is not hard, so you don’t need a technician. This article will teach you how to connect to a wired network by yourself.

Things You Need To Connect To A Wired Network

Router: A router helps to connect all your machines. It serves as a glue to hold your internet and your machine all in one connection. A router is easy to use. All you have to do is plug your modem into the port on your router using an Ethernet cable and then to your machines.

Switches: Switches helps to direct traffic within ports.

Hubs: Hubs are similar to switches, only that they direct traffic in one lane. They are cheaper than switches and are only useful for servers receiving data from multiple machines.

Cable: After getting the router and ports for your devices, you will need to use cables to connect them up. 

(Read this to understand the difference between a hub, aswitch, and a router.)

Stringing Up Your Connection

There’s nothing compared to the internet speed you get from connecting your router with an Ethernet cable. If your device is in a different room, maybe an adjacent room, you can run the cable beneath your carpet or rug or behind the furniture. Also, you can have the wires displayed creatively if you have a thing for the craft.

Connecting Your PC to a Wired Network

You have chosen the fastest internet option if you have set up your connection with an Ethernet cable and have an Ethernet port on your PC. Now, you need to plug in a network cable to set up a wired network. There is a wired network icon with three dots on the top bar of your PC. This icon disappears when you are connected to a wired network.

If the icon doesn’t disappear, you should check your network cable to ensure it is plugged in. One end of the cable goes into the rectangular network (Ethernet) port on your computer, while the other goes into a router, socket, or switch. You should also check for a light beside the Ethernet port as this indicates that the cable is plugged in and active.

Now turn on your computer to completely reboot. Acknowledge any networking message on your screen if your computer was already on. If the connection doesn’t happen automatically on your computer, configure a network connection on it with the Ethernet cable plugged in. Right-click “My Network” on your desktop, select TCP/IP adapter > properties > IP Address > obtain an IP address automatically > and click “OK”.

If you use an Apple Macintosh, click on the Apple logo > System Preferences > Network > Ethernet adapter on the left list > Advanced > TCP/IP > select Using DHCP from the drop list.

Your computer should be connected to your wired connection after these steps.