Ethernet cables are still the best way to connect to the internet. There is less interruption and a much stronger connection. Unfortunately, In the latest designs, there is no ethernet port on laptops anymore; because in order to get slimmer and to be lighter, they had to lose a few features here and there, and with the new and super-fast WiFi technologies, the dedicated ethernet port seems to be going out of fashion for the manufacturers.
On the other hand, the WiFi solution isn’t so beneficial for most of the users, and they all still prefer the Ethernet connection over a wireless one because of the better connectivity and fewer interruptions. Ethernet port is not only more stable but also safer in most cases, and with Ethernet, you don’t have to worry about the signal strength. So, it is quite obvious that your brand-new slim laptop is being a bother because of no dedicated ethernet port, but you’ll be glad to know that there is always a solution.
How to connect to the internet without an ethernet port?
Here is the ideal solution to try if your laptop doesn’t have an ethernet port and you want to establish an ethernet connection.
Use an Ethernet Adaptor
Using an adapter to connect an ethernet cable to your laptop, which doesn’t have a dedicated port for that matter, is the best possible solution. Considering the price of the ethernet cable adapters, it is also inexpensive and safe.
For this method to work, your laptop must have a USB-A or USB-C port, of which you can easily find at least one on the latest laptops, where the ethernet ports are missing. The USB-A is the common USB type available on every PC, and on the latest laptops, you’ll find USB 3.0, which will certainly make the connection even better. And since USB-C is also the new hype, with all the latest laptops, we are sure that you will easily find both.
Luckily, these adapters provide an ethernet connection even if your laptop doesn’t have its own integrated ethernet codec or card. These adapters come ready to provide a full service, and a decent one will have the capability to provide an excellent ethernet speed.
The very first thing is to identify which USB type would be the best to get an adapter for. Both USB-A and USB-C have different speed capabilities, and adapters for both will thus have different prices too. So, make sure of one thing, that is you pick the one with the higher speed capabilities. USB-C is super-fast in that case, but it also has certain compatibility issues with different USB Type-C cables, and the USB Type-C adapters are likely to be more expensive than the conventional USB-A adapters.
Next up, if the adapter isn’t plugged and play, which it should be in most cases. But, say if it isn’t, then the next thing to do is to download and install the required drivers to make it all work.
Once you have installed the drivers, just plug the adapter into the USB port, and voila! You are good to go.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will this work exactly like a dedicated Ethernet port?
Due to the slight indirect approach of things here, there could only be a minimal difference. In most cases, it works exactly like an Ethernet port.
Q: I have an older laptop, but my ethernet port is not working/damaged, will this work for me too?
Yes, this method would work with any laptop having USB-A or USB-C ports.