Question about wireless

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by louisa77, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. louisa77

    louisa77 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I want to use my laptop wired (plugged into a modem) and be able to disable
    the wireless completely.

    In looking at the Lenovo outlet models, some say they have this:
    Intel Wireless-AC 8260 Bluetooth Version 4.0

    Do I need one that says ethernet somewhere?

    Someone on this board suggested a dongle for wired internet (like USB-to-Ethernet).
    Can you explain how that works?

    Thank you!


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    What laptop exactly are we talking about? Most notebooks have Ethernet NICs as standard apart from very thin and/or convertible ones.
    So in most cases you won't have to do a thing. If you choose one of those thin/convertible ones you will indeed need a USB-Ethernet adapter.
     
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    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    @louisa77 if you're looking at the Kaby Lake Thinkpads, you'll need either one that says Ethernet, or a USB dongle. Cheap USB ethernet dongles can cost a few $, but their performance and stability may be noticeably worse than native Ethernet. Older Skylake Thinkpads with OneLink+ have Ethernet chip onboard but not the connector, and require a special proprietary dongle going into docking port. It's pricier than most USB solutions, but performs as good as the real thing.
     
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    louisa77 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you for your responses.

    I'm considering THINKPAD E560, either with i5 or i7 processor.
    I see now that they have Gigabit Ethernet RJ45.
    So I won't need the dongle, right?
     
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    That's correct - this notebook has an Ethernet card.
     
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