I need educating about LAN connections

  wobblymike 20:31 04 Mar 05

Can some wise forum member please educate about LAn connections I have an on board LAN connection labelled sis 900 based PCI fast ethernet adaptor (it is on board - not a PCI card) what does it do? can I connect broadband to it? if so how?
A quick course would be much appreciated


  TomJerry 20:51 04 Mar 05

Local Area Network. If you want to link a few computer locally together, you need it.

Yes, you can connect to BB with it if your BB modem has Ethernet connection. However, almost all "free" BB modems supplied by ISPs use usb connection, not ethernet connection

if you do not use it, it is better to disable it, you can do it in "bios" which you can get into by press "del" immediatly when you switch on PC

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:53 04 Mar 05

Lan = Local Area Network

Several computers can connect together via a router, with a patch cable connecting each computer to the router

2 computers can connect without a router provided they use a crossover cable.

Broad band can be supplied via cable (eg ntl) AND A MODEM to convert the signals the modem can be connected by cable to the LAN or via a USB port.

ADSL telephone Broad Band connects telephone line to modem and USB from modem to PC.

  SEASHANTY 21:13 04 Mar 05

The standalone cable modems supplied by NTL (free)
made by Ambit International have both USB and ethernet connections. The NTL engineer who supplied mine told me that they prefer using ethernet as sometimes the drivers cause problems on USB. Mine has been working perfectly on ethernet for well over two years now.

  wobblymike 21:44 04 Mar 05


i'm much obliged

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