How to set up Ethernet settings on your Windows and Mac as well as how to connect your computer directly to an internet router using an Ethernet cable is the topic for the current article and for this, we have to follow the below listed three methods.
Lets’ get started with it and understand how to set Up Ethernet.
Ethernet is a family of computer networking technologies commonly used in local area networks, metropolitan area networks and wide area networks. It was commercially introduced in 1980 and first standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3. Ethernet has proved itself to support higher bit rates, a more number of nodes, and larger number of link distances, but retains much backward compatibility.
Ethernet data transfer rates have been nowadays enhanced from the original 2.94 megabits per second (Mbit/s) to the 400 gigabits per second (Gbit/s). The Ethernet standards consist of many wiring and signaling variants of the OSI physical layer compatible with Ethernet.
Systems communicating using Ethernet divide a block of data into smaller pieces called frames. Each frame consists of source and destination addresses. The error-checking data can help damaged frames and can be detected and discarded. Usually, higher-layer protocols are ought to trigger re-transmission of lost frames.
Ethernet is widely utilized in homes and industry, and inter-works quite decently with Wi-Fi. The Internet Protocol is generally carried over Ethernet and therefore, it is considered one of the key technologies that have made up the Internet.
Methods to How to Set Up Ethernet
- Connecting to the Router
- Configuring Ethernet Settings on Windows
- Configuring Ethernet Settings on Mac
Method 1 : Connecting to the Router
- Get an Ethernet cable. Ethernet cables, also known as RJ-45, CAT5, or CAT6 cables, have a square plug on each end to use an Ethernet cable to connect the computer to the router.
- The cable connecting modem and router is an Ethernet cable, but don’t involve it, because it is important where it is.
- Ensure the router is online by connecting it to the modem, which should be connected to a Cable or Ethernet port in the wall. For this, you should see a constant light on the front of the router and/or modem.
- If you just have a modem, simply ensure that it’s attached to the Cable or Ethernet port in the wall.
- Check Ethernet ports on the computer and router which are square, and they generally have an icon depicting a series of connected boxes near them.
- Ethernet ports will usually “LAN” (Local Area Network) written above them on the router.
- The port you require will usually have “Internet” or “WAN” written above it if you are connecting to a modem.
- Plug the Ethernet cable into the computer and the router. As long as the router is online, doing so will connect to the computer to the Internet almost immediately.
Method 2 : Configuring Ethernet Settings on Windows
- Open the Start menu by tapping the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen, or clicking the ⊞ Win key.
- Press ⚙️ in the bottom-left side of the Start window.
- Tap Network & Internet in the top row of options here.
- Tap Ethernet on the left side of the window.
- Verify that the Ethernet is working with Internet’s network name at the top of this page with “Connected” written below it to indicate that Ethernet connection is live.
- Unable to connect to Ethernet, try using a different port on the router or a different Ethernet cable.
Method 3 : Configuring Ethernet Settings on Mac
- Open the Apple Menu by tapping the apple-shaped icon in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Tap System Preferences in the Apple Menu drop-down window.
- Press Network to open the Network window.
- Tap the “Ethernet” connection in the left-hand pane.
- Press Advanced in the lower-right area of the window.
- Press the TCP/IP tab near the top of the Advanced window.
- Ensure the “Configure IPv4” box tells “Using DHCP”. If not, tap the box to the right of “Configure IPv4” at the top of the screen and select Using DHCP.
- Press Renew DHCP Lease on the right side of the page to access the Internet while connected to Ethernet.
- Tap OK in the bottom-right corner of the screen to liven up the Ethernet