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Step-By-Step Guide: How to Connect Ethernet Cable to Laptop

Step-By-Step Guide: How to Connect Ethernet Cable to Laptop

Get ready to supercharge your laptop's internet connection! In an age marked by Wi-Fi supremacy, the humble Ethernet cable often gets overlooked. But did you know, plugging in an Ethernet cable can provide/deliver a faster and more stable connection than your typical Wi-Fi? Whether your laptop has an Ethernet port ready and waiting, or you're dealing with a newer model laptop that forgoes this connectivity option, this guide will walk you through how exactly to connect Ethernet to laptop. So, get ready and prepare for an in-depth exploration of what an Ethernet cable is, how to connect one with a step-by-step guide, and even how to navigate the puzzling scenario of laptops without an Ethernet port. 

What Is an Ethernet Cable?

An Ethernet cable is a kind/type of networking cable commonly used for connecting devices within a wired network. These cables are essential for transmitting data between computers, routers, switches, and other network-enabled devices. Ethernet cables facilitate high-speed, reliable communication by carrying signals and data packets across various physical mediums.

Ethernet cables come in various categories, such as Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat7, each with distinct specifications and capabilities. The category determines transmission speed and bandwidth capacity, with higher numbers offering better performance. Ethernet cables typically consist of twisted pairs of copper wires, which reduce interference and maintain signal integrity over distances. They are available in various lengths and are crucial for establishing stable, wired connections in homes, offices, and other settings.

Step-by-Step guide to connect the ethernet cable to your laptop

Gather the necessary equipment

Before starting, ensure that you have the following equipment:

  • An Ethernet cable (usually Cat5e or Cat6)
  • A laptop with an Ethernet port or a USB-to-Ethernet adapter if your laptop doesn't have an Ethernet port.

Locate the ethernet port on your laptop

Look for an Ethernet port on the side or back of your laptop. It is a rectangular port with a small plastic tab that looks like a phone jack but slightly larger. If your laptop doesn't have an Ethernet port, you can use a USB-to-Ethernet adapter, which can be connected to any available USB port.

Insert the ethernet cable into the ethernet port

Take one end of the Ethernet cable and gently insert it into the Ethernet port on your laptop. You should hear a click once it's securely connected. Connect the other end to an Ethernet wall jack, modem, router, or switch.

Configure network settings

After connecting the Ethernet cable, you may need to configure your network settings to connect to the internet. Follow these steps for different operating systems:


  • Right-click on the network icon in the system tray and select "Open Network & Internet settings."
  • Click "Change adapter options" and find "Ethernet."
  • Right-click on "Ethernet" and select "Properties."
  • Click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)", then select "Properties."
  • Select the "Obtain an IP address automatically" & "Obtain DNS server address automatically" options.
  • Click "OK" to apply the settings.


  • Open "System Preferences" and click "Network."
  • Click on the "+" button in the bottom-left corner.
  • Choose "Ethernet" from the "Interface" dropdown menu.
  • Enter a name for this connection and click "Create."
  • Set "Configure IPv4" to "Using DHCP."
  • Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Linux (Ubuntu):

  • Click on the network icon that can be found in the system tray and select "Wired Settings."
  • Click the gear icon next to "Wired" to open the "Wired Settings" window.
  • Toggle the "Automatic (DHCP)" option to "ON."
  • Click "Apply" to save the settings.

How to connect Ethernet cable to laptop without Ethernet port?

If your laptop lacks an Ethernet port, don't worry! The solution is simple – the Anker USB-C to Ethernet Adapter.

The Anker USB C to Ethernet Adapter is an ideal solution for laptops, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, XPS and any other devices that are powered by USB-C technology. The adapter can achieve speeds up to 1 Gbps, providing you with quick and reliable Internet access. It is lightweight and compact(2.3 x 1 x 0.7 inches, 1.1oz), making it easy to carry in your pocket or bag.

Here's a step-by-step guide to set up an Ethernet connection using Anker USB-C to Ethernet Adapter.

  1. Plug in the Adapter to Your Laptop:To start, plug the Anker USB-C to Ethernet Adapter into the USB-C port on your device.
  1. Connect the Ethernet Cable to the Adapter:Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into your router or modem's Ethernet port and the other end into the Anker adapter's Ethernet port.
  1. Set Up Your Laptop for Ethernet Connection:On your laptop, go to your network settings. Here you can set up a new connection or network. Just click on the Ethernet connection, and the laptop should automatically configure itself to use the Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi.
  1. Check Your Connection:You can check your connection status in the network settings. If your laptop is connected properly through Ethernet, it will show as connected.

It's as simple as that! By using Anker USB-C to Ethernet Adapter, you turn a wireless-only laptop into one that can appreciate the stability and speed of hardwired internet. Want to know more? Check out this ‘how to use USB to ethernet adapter’ blog to learn further.


In conclusion, establishing a fast and reliable wired connection has never been easier. Whether your laptop has a built-in Ethernet port or requires a USB-to-Ethernet adapter, following our comprehensive guide ensures that you can fully use the power of Ethernet and experience seamless internet connectivity. So, wave goodbye to spotty Wi-Fi and embrace a world of lightning-fast internet with a reliable Ethernet connection today! Don't let your laptop hold you back; plug in, power up, and be ready to soar online.


Here are some commonly asked queries on how to connect Ethernet cable to laptop.

How do I share Internet from my laptop via Ethernet?

In order to share internet from your laptop via Ethernet, you first need to generate a Wi-Fi connection. You then go to "Network and Sharing Center" and click on "Change adapter settings". Right-click on the Wi-Fi network you're connected to, go to "Properties" and select the "Sharing" tab. Find and tick the "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection", select your Ethernet connection from the drop-down list and hit OK.

How do I reset my Ethernet port on my laptop?

You can reset your Ethernet port by disabling and then re-enabling it. To do this, proceed to the "Network and Sharing Center", choose "Change adapter settings", right-click on your Ethernet connection, and select "Disable". Wait a moment, then right-click again and select "Enable". If this doesn't work, consider rebooting your laptop or resetting your network settings.

Can I connect my laptop to the internet using Ethernet while Wi-Fi is also enabled?

Yes, you can connect your laptop to the internet using an Ethernet connection while your Wi-Fi is also enabled. However, to maximize your internet speed, your laptop will prioritize one connection over the other, usually the one that it considers to be faster. This is typically the Ethernet connection, as it tends to be more stable and faster than Wi-Fi.

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