How to Install a Network Card – Tips & Techniques

How to Install a Network Card?

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This tutorial seeks to show the reader how to install a network card into a typical computer.

Howver, if you have recently purchased a computer, then it is very probable that you will have a network port built into the motherboard.

If so you probably don’t need to install a network card, unless you are looking at increasing the speed of your network (eg. from the typical 100 megabits per second, to the faster 1 gigabits per second).

Maybe you also are looking at installing a wireless network card or another type of peripheral. If so, then this tutorial on “how to install a network card” will be useful to you.

Installing a Network – Preparation

So you ready to install a network card? Lets get to it! Follow the instructions below that will explain the process of installing a network card.

  1. So I guess, as usual when you are working with your computer, it is important to shut down Windows, turn the computer off and remove the power cables.
  2. It would also be beneficial to remove all the other cables, so that you can have full and easy access to the motherboard.
  3. Also remember, that computers are not designed, to be opened by a typical person, so watch out for sharp edges. It may also be beneficial to wear an anti-static wrist strap, so that you will completely eliminate any chance of shorting the motherboard.
  4. Next you need to locate the PCI slots, or the ISA slots, on the motherboard. The PCI slots will be white and the ISA slots are longer and the gold contacts are much larger. The PCI slots are much shorter and smaller.

    The image below shows you what I am talking about.
    looking for pci slots, when you are installing a network card.

  5. Once you have found them, you just need to check whether there is an available slot for your card. If so, remove the existing card so that you will have a place for your network card to go into. You may also need to remove the metal plates, from the computer case. These are removed in a variety of ways, different for each computer case.
  6. So the next step is in actually installing the network card. Take your card, whether wireless or not, line up the connectors on the bottom of the card, to the slot on your motherboard. Then push it down, till it clicks. You will need to apply some pressure, but don’t force it in.
  7. After this put the screw back into place, and tighten the network card into place.
  8. Lastly, close the case, put your computer back, insert all the cables and turn your computer on.
  9. Now that finishes the process of actually physically installing a network card. There still may be some software changes that you may need to do, such as install a driver and configure your network card.
  10. Generally, Windows will recognize your new device and ask you for the drivers. These would of come on a CD with your network card, or can be found online, as long as your know the brand and model number of your device.


So hopefully you now have an idea on how to install a network card. The steps listed above are the ones that I would recommend and I hope they are beneficial to you. I can’t guarantee that everything will go well, as there is always a risk in working with your own computer.


However I do think that if you are careful, and willing to learn, it makes sense to fix your own computer, rather than pay someone a fortune to make a few simple changes.


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