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Upgrade Ethernet card

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Pavilion Slimline s5 1020
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I want to upgrade my PC's Ethernet  to 1000 mbps. Should I get a USB to RJ 45 adapter? Will it work in the USB 2.0 ports on the PC? Do I also need a Cat6 cable?  I read that trying to put a new Ethernet card into this PC is a challenge.

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The NIC chip is soldered to the motherboard therfore you need a right tool/skill to be able to do that. The easiest way is to use USB adapter.


I have not tested my adapters with USB 2.0 ports (you machine has 6 USB 2.0 ports, 2 at the front and 4 at the back) but you may want to keep adapter for next machine(s) with USB 3.0 ports, please try (or similar):




Yes, a CAT5e or CAT6 cable is fine.



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