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Old 01-14-2005, 01:25 PM  
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ComPuter Help please: Got DSL, now what?

I recently signed up for DSL (the only higher speed available in my "village"), I got all the stuff to hook it up myself EXCEPT for the ethernet card. Okay here is where I need help decifering what the difference is, if any, in a N.I.Card and an ethernet adapter. IF I buy an external ethernet adapter will I be good to go? When I use the installation CD it says that I need to have a N.I.C. (network interface card)...will the external ethernet adapter solve this or are these two seperate problems/issues? Thanks alot, any help is appreciated.

I havent called the tech support yet because the idea of being on hold for 15+ minutes after talking to several recordings pisses me off.

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Old 01-14-2005, 01:26 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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The only difference is an external ethernet adapter is slightly easier to install.

A NIC is an internal card for which you'll need to open your PC to complete the installation. I would go with a NIC. cheaper, faster, more dependable, and they don't eat one of your USB ports.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:28 PM   #4
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Why do you want an external ethernet adapter?

In any event, the answer to your question is yes. I think. Hang on... lemme re-read it.

Yeah, I'm gonna stick with yes. Your DSL modem has a port you're supposed to plug an ethernet cable into, yes? And this cable should run to your machine... whether through an internal card, or an external adapter of some sort (are you out of slots or something?)
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:31 PM   #5
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I need to have a N.I.C.
I'm probably the only person in the world that giggles when I see the "word" NIC.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:32 PM   #6
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I'm probably the only person in the world that giggles when I see the "word" NIC.
Uh... I guess so.

Wanna let me in on the joke?
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:35 PM   #7
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Uh... I guess so.

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Just reminds me of Monty Python.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:36 PM   #8
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both of the cards that you referred to are "NIC"'s by definition. NIC just means network interface card. The difference between the two is basically where the card is located. the internal NIC goes inside your desktop computer, installed in a PCI slot. The external NIC is not installed internally in your computer, but rather it plugs in via your USB port on your computer. Both of these NIC's serve the exact same purpose, it just depends what's more useful for your situation.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:36 PM   #9
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:37 PM   #10
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Im just wanting to go with the easiest option right now, Im getting a new computer soon so I just need to get by until then. I dont have an ethernet/DSL connection right now so I need one and the only reason I was leaning towards the external one is that its just 'plug and play" so to speak. The prices are similar either way without having to take my tower apart and installing the N.I.C. Thanks for the info guys.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:38 PM   #11
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HOLD ON A SECOND!!!!

Somebody sold you a bill of goods. You don't need a NIC or DSL to commute. You just need a bus pass, a car, a bicycle, or a job you can walk to or from.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:40 PM   #12
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well, in this case, if you don't want to crack open your case, the prudent choice would be to go w/ the external NIC. because it's not internally installed in your case, you also have the flexibility to take it out and use it on other machines if need be.

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Old 01-14-2005, 01:43 PM   #13
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HOLD ON A SECOND!!!!

Somebody sold you a bill of goods. You don't need a NIC or DSL to commute. You just need a bus pass, a car, a bicycle, or a job you can walk to or from.
WTH, some of you "day-shifters" are a bit...special.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:45 PM   #14
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WTH, some of you "day-shifters" are a bit...special.
Heh... I didn't get it at first either... then when I clicked on the thread this time, I noticed there was a p missing from the thread title.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:46 PM   #15
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Are you sure you don't already have a spot in the back of your PC for an ethernet cable? It looks like a phone jack only wider. Unless your computer is really old or home-built (in which case you wouldn't be asking this question) you may already have the ethernet conection.

If not, you can get an internal card from walmart for about $15. They are very simple to install and if you have windows xp, it should do all the driver set up for you.
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