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MiniPC without ETH jack - what are my options?

MiniPC has USB C, USB A, but no ETHERNET. 

 

I really need to plug it since there's no WiFi. 

 

What do I do in this situation? 

 

(if adapter - really hope no lost speed/no lag/latency)

 

Thanks for the advice guys

 

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Get a USB C ethernet adapter as long as the USB C is 3.0 or greater.. still some 2.0 C connectors out there. 

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2 minutes ago, idh1oi12jkl31jk2bgve3jk12b said:

I really need to plug it since there's no WiFi. 

You should find a wifi card slot inside the rig, if not i really wanna square up with whoever made that thing. But yeah, thatll costs you 30$ so ill just go for @Skiiwee29 idea, USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter.

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1 minute ago, Skiiwee29 said:

Get a USB C ethernet adapter as long as the USB C is 3.0 or greater.. still some 2.0 C connectors out there. 

 

Thank you. 

 

Like this?

 

BTW- this does NOT require an outside power source? 

 

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It would help if we'd know exactly what mini PC you have, and maybe if you take some pictures of the board inside, to see what slots are available.

 

Is there a miniPCIe slot or m.2 with pci-e lanes  on the motherboard? 

 

You can get miniPCIe network cards :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/153498365563

https://www.ebay.com/itm/402821205551

https://www.ebay.com/itm/194364858602

 

 

You can get m.2 ethernet cards :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/114995240964

 

You can get m.2 to pci-e x4 adapter card, and then use a riser cable to a pci-e x1 ethernet card you could install anywhere in your case.

 

You can use a usb ethernet card ... you could probably install a wireless card inside a slot inside and add a cheap router to your network.

 

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2 minutes ago, idh1oi12jkl31jk2bgve3jk12b said:

 

Thank you. 

 

Like this?

 

BTW- this does NOT require an outside power source? 

 

 

It gets its power from the USB port itself. Also, can you post a link to it instead of a picture so we can check out the product page?

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2 minutes ago, mariushm said:

It would help if we'd know exactly what mini PC you have, and maybe if you take some pictures of the board inside, to see what slots are available.

 

Is there a miniPCIe slot or m.2 with pci-e lanes  on the motherboard? 

 

You can get miniPCIe network cards :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/153498365563

https://www.ebay.com/itm/402821205551

https://www.ebay.com/itm/194364858602

 

 

You can get m.2 ethernet cards :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/114995240964

 

You can get m.2 to pci-e x4 adapter card, and then use a riser cable to a pci-e x1 ethernet card you could install anywhere in your case.

 

You can use a usb ethernet card ... you could probably install a wireless card inside a slot inside and add a cheap router to your network.

 

 

 

Thanks for this! 

 

These won't fit. The PC is TINY!

 

Here: 

 

https://picopc.net/

 

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2 minutes ago, idh1oi12jkl31jk2bgve3jk12b said:

Anker is a good brand, but I'm a little worried as it doesn't list that I can find if its 3.X or 2.0 for its USB connection. 

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Yeah, it has wireless.... easiest would be to simply add a cheap wireless access point / router to your network. For example, this will do up to 300 mbps : https://www.newegg.com/netis-wf2409e-ieee-802-11b-g-n/p/N82E16833389086

You can probably find used wireless routers on old 2.4g router for 10$ or less. Here's an example : https://www.ebay.com/itm/363495074235

 

 

You can use USB to ethernet adapters but you should look for one with usb type a connector (the regular plug that goes in the normal blue connectors) ... usb ethernet adapters are fine, but they're not as good as pci-e ethernet cards and can fail suddenly once in a blue moon or you may have issues with them if you have power saving features on usb controllers (usb going to sleep/standby getting the adapter stuck so you have to unplug and plug back to get network working, annoying)

 

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Looking at the picture you provided, the Type C port is used to power the PC, so you won't be able to use that for the adapter, you will need a Type A connector as @mariushm mentioned. 

 

This would be a good option for that: https://smile.amazon.com/Anker-Ethernet-PowerExpand-Aluminum-Compatible/dp/B08CB1QNLT/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2ZIV10UWA87JL&dchild=1&keywords=usb+3+ethernet+adapter&qid=1631869836&sprefix=USB+3+Ethernet%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-8

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On 9/17/2021 at 12:10 PM, Skiiwee29 said:

Looking at the picture you provided, the Type C port is used to power the PC, so you won't be able to use that for the adapter, you will need a Type A connector as @mariushm mentioned. 

 

This would be a good option for that: https://smile.amazon.com/Anker-Ethernet-PowerExpand-Aluminum-Compatible/dp/B08CB1QNLT/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2ZIV10UWA87JL&dchild=1&keywords=usb+3+ethernet+adapter&qid=1631869836&sprefix=USB+3+Ethernet%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-8

 

thx for this!!!

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