Can we replace a dead Ethernet port on a laptop?
Can we replace a dead Ethernet port on a laptop – Question from Chandra E:
Hello GB. I’m a bank manager, and I use a DELL Laptop to connect to access the Internet via a wired connection to the router the in my bank where I work.
For security reasons we don’t have a Wi-Fi network in the bank, so the use of Wi-fi is a strict no-no.
The problem is the Ethernet port on the laptop stopped working and it seems well nigh impossible to establish a connection. I am 100% sure that it is a hardware problem because I do not see any LED glowing now (while previously there was a blinking of red and green light).
Everything else seems to be working though. So what are the options available for me? Can I do the repairs myself or do I need to take it to the tech shop for repairs?
Thank you in advance.
Chandra, The simplest answer to your question – Can we replace a dead Ethernet port on a laptop? – is NO. You won’t be able to replace your laptop’s defective Ethernet port because it is soldered onto the motherboard. But don’t lose hope. What you can do is purchase an inexpensive USB to Ethernet adapter that will easily work as an Ethernet port.
These adapters are plug-‘n’-play. And that is the beauty of this device. Simply plug it in, and Windows should automatically detect the adapter and download/install the driver for you.
Some adapter models have an option for an extra USB 3.0 port(s) that you can use to attach other USB devices to your laptop as a bonus.
Here too I would like to offer a free sane advice. I recommend buying a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Your particular laptop may only support USB 2.0, but I recommend getting a USB 3.0 adapter still, since they are backward compatible and cost only marginally more than the USB 2.0 models. That way who knows, if you get a newer laptop in future, you could always use it since the newer laptops come equipped with USB 3.0 that is faster than USB 2.0
Click here to see the great selection of USB to Ethernet adapters available at Amazon.
Do let me know if it worked for you – Chandra!
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