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Most computers come with ethernet these days, but if you have an older machine that doesn't, there are alternatives.
How can I connect to my DSL modem that has an ethernet cable if I don't have a network card? Is there a solution such that I can connect it through USB to my PC? I mean like a converter cable that connects to ethernet at one end and USB at the other?
The modem is a Linksys wireless ADSL modem.
There are several solutions to this problem, some involving converter cables and various other add-ons.
However, in my opinion the simplest answer is still the best.
The simplest answer is to just add a network adapter to your PC. It's proven technology and will get you the most reliable and, most likely, the fastest connection overall. Simple ethernet adapters are cheap these days, easy to install, and almost configure themselves.
Naturally, there are alternatives.
There's no such thing as a cable that just has USB at one end and ethernet at the other. The differences between USB and ethernet are much more than the shape of their plugs; USB and ethernet use different communications methods that are incompatible with each other.
However, there are USB-ethernet adapters. They're much more than "just a cable", because they actually include an ethernet adapter inside a small box at one end of the cable. If you can't actually install an ethernet card in your PC, then a USB-ethernet adapter might be a very reasonable alternative.
Since you have wireless, a third option is to skip ethernet and install a wireless card in your PC. Getting the wireless modem configured properly can sometimes be a challenge without a wired connection to access the configuration software, but once done, a wireless network adapter could be a good choice, as well.
Finally, there's another choice that comes to mind: swap your modem for one that supports USB directly. Several broadband modems now include not only an ethernet connection but a USB connection as well, allowing you to use either (although typically not both at the same time).
But in your shoes, I'd just grab an ethernet adapter and install it in the PC.
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