November 13, 2023 | 3 minute read time
Laptop computers are trending toward thinner models that do not include an RJ45 Ethernet port. If you rely on Wi-Fi day-to-day, you may not notice the change. But in situations where Wi-Fi is weak or unavailable, you can count on an Ethernet cable adapter to get the connection you need.
As laptop users run more browser-based applications and store more files in the cloud, they require less local storage space. This, combined with smaller and more efficient processors, means laptops can afford to be thinner and lighter without sacrificing performance.
When laptop manufacturers shrink their products to facilitate more portability, some connectivity features may not “make the cut.” These often include the laptop Ethernet port since it is, quite literally, thicker than the device.
Again, even if you typically use a wireless Internet connection, consider some scenarios where an Ethernet connection might be missed:
In situations like these, if there is a wired Ethernet network available you can connect to it using the USB-A or USB-C port on your laptop and a USB to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.
Plug the adapter into your laptop’s USB port and use a Cat5e/6 Ethernet patch cable to connect the RJ45 end to the network.
Eaton Product Manager – Work From Anywhere & Power Cords, Cables & Connectivity | Mark is a creative product manager always looking for new ways to enhance customer experiences in their workplace, wherever their workplace is. He’s responsible for growing a category of products that include docking stations, hubs and multiport adapters, device charging products, power cords and more.
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