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Residential Network

Residential Network

Installing a LAN/Ethernet card

To install a Network Interface Card (NIC) into a PC, follow these steps:

  1. Open the shipping container and inspect each item for damage.

    Caution CAUTION: Each NIC is packed in an antistatic container to protect it during shipment. To avoid damaging any static-sensitive components, reduce any static electricity on your person before handling the NIC. You can do this simply by touching the metal chassis of your computer. You can maintain grounding by wearing a wrist strap attached to the chassis.
  2. Unplug the PC and disconnect all cables.
  3. Remove all jewelry from your hands and wrists. Use only insulated or nonconductive tools.
  4. Remove the PC cover and select an available PCI, ISA or EISA expansion slot.
  5. Remove the backplate from the slot.
  6. Insert NIC card in the slot, as shown in figure 2-1. Press it in firmly to get a good connection.

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    Figure 2-1: Inserting the 3C509B NIC or other card in a PC

    The backplate should be flush with the backplane. Be sure that the NIC's connector fingers are completely seated in the slot.
  7. Secure the card with the screw from the backplate.
  8. Replace the PC cover and reconnect all cables, including the network cable.

Connecting to the network

You can connect the NIC to the network using the RJ-45 port.

Connection example

Figure 2-2 Connecting the NIC Using the RJ-45 Port

Figure 2-2 shows how to connect the RJ-45 connector on the twisted-pair cable to the RJ-45 port.

To complete installation, you must install the network driver, see the documentation that came with your network card for instructions.