The most common use for a Network Card is when you want to add a new computer to your home network or connect your pc to your high speed internet.
This page will help you to add a Network Interface Card to your home PC, otherwise known as a NIC.
Most Network Cards use the PCI interface on your motherboard to connect to your computer. And most are used to add a new Ethernet port allowing you to to connect your pc to either a router or directly to your high-speed internet using CAT-5 cabling.
However this guide is for adding a PCI card to your computer and can be used generally speaking to add many different types of add-on cards to your computer.
- The First Step in adding an additional hardware componet to your PC is to Read the Insructions that came with the hardware – no really, do this.
- Second Step is Power off your PC and Unplug it completely
Static electricity can be deadly to your new hardware so create a good working surface (not on the carpet) – Again the Manufacture’s Instructions should help here.
Ok now it’s time to Open the Case – every box is different so you’ll have to experiment, but the left side should be the one to Open (Left when looking at the front of the PC)
Inside the case will notice your Motherboard as the main part of the inner-workings – the thing with all the complicated looking parts.
Toward the bottom and in the rear of the case you will notice how some additional “cards” can be plugged into the motherboard and the back of the case has some slots which can be removed to allow those card to be accessed through the rear of the case.
This is where your new cable will connect to the outside of the back of the case where the other cables connect.
Be sure to fit the new Card firmly into the open slot and of course be sure to use the proper slot, which shouldn’t be too difficult because it should only fit into one type of slot.
Again this is another time when the Instruction will be very handy.
Once you have your new Hardware Physically installed it’s time to verify you got that right and to Install the Software (Drivers) that are going to enable your computer to use this new device.
Again refer to the Instructions
Reboot your computer and let it finish starting all the way into Windows. Once Windows is all booted up and running it should “notice” that some new hardware has been added, and give some directions.
This part will vary slightly based on the version of Windows that you are using.
Most of the time the Found New Hardware Wizard will pop-up and want to know where to find the Drivers for the device.
This is when you are going to need to insert the cd-rom that came with your new card.
If you are working with an old card and/or you lost the software, you will need to go to the manufacture’s website and download the drivers, then restart this process. Once you get through the New Hardware Wizard your computer should prompt you to Restart
Once you’ve rebooted and Windows is back up and running it’s time to test you new hardware.
You can of course simply try to use you device and verify if it functions or you can check in