how to convter 10/100 ethernet to 10/100/1000 in old computer

By lampip
Mar 26, 2005
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  1. I want to update my old computer to a 10/100/1000 ethernet network card, it is currently 10/100. I have a gigabit switch and cat5e throughout the house, and my newer equipment is gigabit. my question, is it as simple as swapping it out for a gigabit ethernet card? Or does the motherboard or chip set have to support it for it to actually work at the higher speeds?

    I would like to use this old computer as a file server, but it would be useless if i couldn't get above 10/100.

    Any feedback is appreciated, and i apologize if this has already been asked, i looked around and couldn't find it. This is my first time on this forum, just discovered it, seems like a lot of great information.

    thanks,
    peter
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    as long as the OS doesn't have a problem with the new gigabit card, everything should be fine. If you use WOL then you might need to check to see if the BIOS needs an update.
  3. lampip

    lampip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the quick reply. One question? What is WOL?

    I guess i will just give it a try and see what happens, luckily the cards are not that expensive.

    Thanks,
    Peter
  4. patio

    patio TechSpot Maniac Posts: 700

    Wake On LAN...
    settings in the BIOS.

    patio. :cool:
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