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How do I Configure a Network Adapter?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 26 July 2017
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It typically is quite easy to configure a network adapter; though, like any other type of computer work, minor problems or errors can make the process a bit more complicated. You will usually need to install a network adapter, such as a wireless network card, inside of your computer before configuring the adapter. Once installed, or connected for external devices, you can then configure the adapter by using any software provided with the device. This should walk you through the process, though you may need to update your operating system (OS) as well. Once you configure a network adapter, it should work with your computer and network quite reliably.

A network adapter is a device that allows your computer to connect to a network, either wirelessly or through a physical connection such as an Ethernet cable. The first thing you will typically need to do before you can configure a network adapter to work with your computer and network is to install the device. For internal installations you should turn your computer off and follow any instructions provided with the device in order to install it properly. Once you have the device installed, you can configure a network adapter by using any software provided by the manufacturer or by installing networking software from the manufacturer’s website.

The OS on your computer may also have software that can identify and help you configure a network adapter that is connected, though the software provided by a manufacturer may be more reliable. In either case, you can typically just follow the instructions with the software in order to ensure the adapter is configured properly. You will usually need to know the name of any network you are trying to connect to as well, and if the network is protected by a password, you will also need that.

Depending on the OS you are using, you may also need to update it in order to properly configure a network adapter. This is because certain protocols, often called transmission control protocols (TCP) and Internet protocols (IP), are required for a computer to connect to a network. The OS on your computer should have the proper TCP/IP files installed, but you may need to perform an update or manual installation to ensure they are present. In order to configure a network adapter that is external, you may need to install software for the device before connecting it to your computer. Once this is done, you can usually connect the device and then find the network to which you are trying to connect.

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