I'm pretty disappointed that the wired ethernet adapter that came stock with my Inspiron 17R (core i7 laptop) is only capable of 100mbps fast ethernet.
Is there a way that I can upgrade the internal ethernet adapter to gigabit? My 8 year old Dell desktop has gigabit ethernet capabilities. I don't know what Dell was thinking when they did this.
I am well aware of USB dongles that provide gigabit ethernet but I use all my usb ports all the time and can't afford to dedicate one of them to ethernet.
Let me know if there is a part that I can buy and install it myself.
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>>Even if you consider connecting a USB dongle. It has the speed of only 440 Mbps.
True but at least it would be almost four and a half times faster than what I have now.
Thanks for your response.
One of the manuals I downloaded for my Inspiron 7720/17R SE shows how to remove the Lan card from the laptop. Why can't Dell sell an upgraded card that I could replace my 100Mb card with? With all the features this laptop has saddling it with this slow ethernet connection makes no sense.
I have a 7720 17R with the 1080p screen and the 1TB + 32G mSATA. According to the packing list it has a 430-3605 network. The OS reports a 10/100 link. Since it is a 17R 7720, can I upgrade the network card?
BTW, I did get an ASIX USB 3.0 dongle and that is certainly faster than the 100Mb. When copying large files, the OS reports about 20% link utilization and about 19MB/s.