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Question from Carmen: I have an HP laptop that I use both at home and at work.
I have to connect to our office network via the wired Ethernet port because we don’t have Wi-Fi there (my boss says WiFi is a security risk).
The problem is the laptop’s built-in Ethernet adapter got fried a couple of days ago when a power surge took out my router at home.
My brother gave me an old USB to Ethernet adapter to do in the interim, but I really need to get one that works at Gigabit speed because we transfer large files all the time at work.
Can you recommend a good USB Gigabit Ethernet adapter that won’t cost me an arm and a leg that will plug into a USB 3.0 port?
Rick’s answer: Carmen, I’m very sorry to hear about the power surge damaging both your router and laptop.
Situations like this are why I recommend plugging not just your computer and monitor, but also your modem and router into a battery backup unit.
In regards to your question, I happen to be a huge fan of Anker products, and Amazon currently has a great deal on a fantastic Anker USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. This device is a perfect fit for your laptop and it provides rock-solid performance.
Amazon has sold hundreds of these little gems, and a quick scan of the customer ratings and reviews will probably give you a warm and fuzzy feeling about giving it a try.
Click here to read more about the Anker USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter at Amazon.
I hope this helps, Carmen. Good luck!
Update from Carmen: Thanks, Rick. I just ordered one and I’ll let you now how it goes.
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