Q&A: Can a bad Ethernet port on a laptop be replaced?

usb-to-ethernet-adapterQuestion from Kenneth E.:  Hello Rick. I’m a pastor, and the deacons and I use a Dell Latitude E7440 laptop in my church office to access the Internet via a wired connection to the router.

For various reasons we don’t have a Wi-Fi network in the church, so we have no choice other than to connect via Ethernet.

The problem is the Ethernet port stopped working on the laptop and it will no longer establish a connection.

I know it must be a hardware problem because it won’t work after booting with Ubuntu Linux either. Everything else besides the Ethernet port seems to be working though.

My question is can the bad Ethernet port be replaced? And if it can, can I do it myself or will I need to take it to a repair shop?

Rick’s answer:  Kenneth, I don’t think it would make sense financially to have the bad Ethernet port replaced. But what you can do is purchase an inexpensive USB to Ethernet adapter that’ll effectively turn an unused USB port into an Ethernet port.

The beauty of these adapters is there is virtually no installation or setup required in order to use them. Simply plug it in, and Windows should automatically detect it and install the driver for you.

I recommend buying a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Your laptop has three USB 3.0 ports so all you’ll need to do is plug in the adapter and get right to work.  Some adapters even come with extra USB 3.0 ports that you can use to attach additional USB devices to your laptop.

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