network card help

  ball_footy 01:10 AM 03 Jan 13
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hi , must be a couple of years since last post ,have just upgraded to 50mbs broadband (upc) but am told that my network card needs to be upgraded as well , as the network card is intergrated in the motherboard I was thinking of an external network adapter will it work and where can I get one ,my pc is MEDION MD8828PC and its 3 years old thanks in advance

  lotvic 02:01 AM 03 Jan 13

Network Interface Card - the computer component that sets the maximum speed of your connection - computers have different NIC specifications that allow them to work up to different maximum speeds.

You say your Medion pc is 3 yrs old, do you know the specs of the NIC on the motherboard?

  ball_footy 09:48 AM 03 Jan 13

thanks for reply all I know is the following , motherboard properties : MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL MS-7502/VERSION FAB D / SERIAL NO OEM , hope that helps .

  Secret-Squirrel 10:20 AM 03 Jan 13

Hi

".....have just upgraded to 50mbs broadband (upc) but am told that my network card needs to be upgraded as well"

Who told you that?

Your PC's on-board network adapter runs at a maximum speed of 100mbps which I'm sure you'll agree is more than capable of coping with a 50mbps broadband connection.

I really don't think you need an upgrade.

  woodchip 10:45 AM 03 Jan 13

You may have a small Network Card that can be changed that plugs into a small network slot on the board, you need to take the back off to find out, also if you have a free PCI slot you can buy and fit a new one. it may be a n card

Also your router may need upgrading to use the above speed upgrade

  Secret-Squirrel 10:58 AM 03 Jan 13

Woodchip, from what the OP has posted so far, what makes you think he needs to upgrade his network card?

"also if you have a free PCI slot you can buy and fit a new one. it may be a n card"

When you say "n card" I presume you're talking about wireless. In that case an external USB WiFi adapter will work just as well (if not better) and doesn't require faffing around inside the PC.

  woodchip 11:17 AM 03 Jan 13

In his post above he says that it needs upgrading, If he is connected by Ethernet then a Card is better

  Secret-Squirrel 15:25 PM 03 Jan 13

" If he is connected by Ethernet then a Card is better"

Better than what, and in what way? There's absolutely nothing inferior about on-board network adapters if that's what you're talking about.

  lotvic 18:32 PM 03 Jan 13

As per Secret-Squirrel says, you don't need a new network adaptor AFAIK The one on the motherboard according to manual 'Your PC is provided with a Fast Ethernet-Network connector' is 100 mbps. (as is mine and my pc is 7 years old)

Out of curiosity, who said you needed to upgrade it? (just wondering if they actually looked at the specs for your pc or were guessing)

  ball_footy 22:24 PM 04 Jan 13

thx for responses upc engineer called out and did some tests ,he got speeds of 54mbs with laptop connected to modem and only 10mbs with desktop connected? have since gone into change adapter settings and when I select 100mbps full duplex I get !!ethernet cable unplugged!! but when I select 10mbps it works only at that speed ?

  ball_footy 22:26 PM 04 Jan 13

have since bought
USB 2.0 10/100Mbps Ethernet Adaptor so hope this solves problem

will let you know cheers

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