Troubleshooting Common Problems with Your USB Ethernet Adapter

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What You'll Need
USB Ethernet adapter
What You'll Need
USB Ethernet adapter

Networking with the use of a USB Ethernet adapter has gained considerable attention and usage over the last few years. Since the advent of the Internet, it has been very important for people to get connected to the world. From the comforts of one’s home to schools and workplaces, the Internet has greatly extended its reach. The use of USB Ethernet adapters was further encouraged by declining prices and more affordable practical options. To date, any company or home can now simply connect to the Internet. Many computer packages offer their own USB Ethernet adapters, making it easy for people to set up their own network. Particularly in the workplace, it is common to see all computers connected to a single network. There are occasions when these systems malfunction and troubleshooting tips are advised.

Network Failure

Although setting a network is simple, it is the configuration and function of the network components which makes things complex. Because there are countless components interacting all at the same time, some configurations will fail while some components will malfunction. The same is evident for USB Ethernet adapters. In the case of an average user, fixing problems in the network and the USB Ethernet adapter is somewhat challenging. Following directions in constructing a basic network is one story whereas diagnosing a problem and fixing it is another. The subsequent parts examine different network problem scenarios and how to troubleshoot them. Most scenarios apply for Windows 2000 or XP settings as these are the most common OS systems today.

The Basics of USB Connection

USB controllers are commonly referred to as root hubs. Many computers incorporate these hubs within their motherboards. Motherboards these days usually incorporate two to six root hubs. Two ore more of these hubs have connecting ports. For older computers, motherboards tend to have only one hub. Prior to troubleshooting any USB hitch, it is important to check first the basic components. Make sure that the cables of the USB connected are linked. Also, see to it whether the hubs are correctly attached and plugged to their corresponding power source. Some networks fail because the connections are not properly linked.


Connection Failure/ Device does not Work

The following things can cause a USB Ethernet adapter to fail:

Compatibility of the operating system

Compatibility of the controller/hub

Controller drivers

USB controllers configuration

The following steps should help determine and troubleshoot these common problems:

For systems failure, the best thing to do is to check whether the OS is compatible with the USB. If the OS does not support the connection then it should be configured to the appropriate requirements.

It is also good to check whether other components of the USB Ethernet adapter are compatible with the controller. The drivers and settings of the controller should be checked. For controllers that are integrated, it is necessary to provide the BIOS details before making any modifications to the system. In the case of add-on cards, this requires more conventional troubleshooting thus the manufacturer’s instructions should be consulted.

For components that do not work while others function accordingly, check with the root hub. Transfer the working components to another root hub to check whether it’s the component or the original root hub that is not functioning well. The two most common solutions to such are: getting the right patches or updating the drivers.

There are countless scenarios involved with USB Ethernet adapters. Should difficulties continue to occur, it is advisable to get assistance from an expert.