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Old 06-14-2004, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is LAN ethernet? Do I need an adaptor?

configuring new computer, and the Motherboard comes with LAN 1x 10/100 or something like that. Later they also offer a separate wireless network adaptor. Isn't LAN ethernet? And if it isn't, what is it? And in that case, do I need an adaptor for ethernet?

while I'm asking,
the motherboard also comes with a firewire port, but it also offers the option of a separate firewire card. Do I need it? And will they install the card themselves or is it one of those annoying things you have to stick on the back of the CPU?

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Old 06-15-2004, 07:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes the port on the back of the motherboard is for ethernet, althought ethernet doesn't just include the RJ-45 port that you are refering to. LAN just stands for Local Area Network which they usually call the RJ-45 port on the back of the computer. It should work fine with a standard Cat-5 cable. You don't need wireless unless you have an Access Point inside of your house.

Firewire isn't used a lot unless you have an external drive or some models of cameras. So one port should be sufficient. In my opinion don't go for the card...

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