What is needed for an ethernet connection?

Hi guys,
I'm building my own PC but the motherboard I have doesn't have built in WiFi, I heard that ethernet is an option but i'm not too familiar with it. Could somebody explain to me how to set up an ethernet connection and tell me what type of ethernet cable I would require.

Pretty embarrassing that I don't know, but, hey, imma noob.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. The hardest issue with ethenet is how do you get the cable between your PC and your router.

    You need nothing special cable. Any cat5e cable will work fine. Be sure to buy pure copper cables....no CCA. Also avoid any of the thin or flat cables.

    It is the simplest network connection to make. You plug the cable in and it just works with the default settings on both the router and the pc
  2. Hi there and thanks for the response, my pc will be no further than 1-2 meters from my router (i'm lucky that I won't need to drill any holes or run any lengthy cable throughout my house as the router is in my room on my desk) so i'm assuming just to get a cat5e cable of 2-3 meters.
  3. Basically correct. As long as your router has an available ethernet port all you need is the cable, should auto negotiate and get an IP address. There is no 'security' on wired connections, since by that point physical security has failed and someone has access to the equipment itself.

    There is a maximum limit of about 100m on length, and the farther the distance the more packet drops there will be. This means that your 1000Mbps (common) transfer speed will always be a little less then perfect.

    Category 6 cables are better shielded and can offer slightly better speeds at distance. In your typical household though Cat 5e cables are more than adequate.
  4. sounds dumb but are there any cat5e cables in particular that are of better quality? maybe someone would be kind enough to provide me with a link for one, much appreciated guys.
  5. Not really for home use. All pretty much the same. Quality will vary with price, but not a whole lot. If you still have the boxes that came with your ISP setup, check in there, they might have provided one.

    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-RJ45-Cat-6-Ethernet-Patch-Cable-3-Feet-0-9-Meters/dp/B00N2VISLW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1544111207&sr=8-5&keywords=ethernet+cable+3ft
  6. bannedbybanlight said:
    Hi guys,
    I'm building my own PC but the motherboard I have doesn't have built in WiFi, I heard that ethernet is an option but i'm not too familiar with it. Could somebody explain to me how to set up an ethernet connection and tell me what type of ethernet cable I would require.

    Pretty embarrassing that I don't know, but, hey, imma noob.

    Thanks in advance.


    How much distance lies between your router and PC? How many doorways, floors, etc.?

    Wireless is great in the sense you don't have to worry about any of that (and you can get a wireless card that plugs inside your PC on the PCIe connectors, or an USB based one if need be.)

    Wired will possibly give you more speed. You just need a good quality cable (Cat5e or better) of sufficient length to connect to your router and your ethernet port. Simplest way to set it up is DHCP and let the computer and router worry about the IP address and Gateway info, just like you would with the wireless connection... except you won't need to worry about a network security password.

    Note: If you have one, leave it in place ... You still don't want people misusing your wireless. If you don't need wireless, feel free to disable wireless altogether... Changing or setting up passwords and turning on or off WiFi are a little more complicated and requires you to access the router and change settings anyway.
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