How to Turn on the Ethernet Adapter

By Bennett Gavrish

Depending on the setup of your desktop or laptop computer, you may have more than one network adapter installed. For example, many systems come with both an Ethernet and a wireless adapter included, so that you can access the Internet in more areas. Whether you are on a PC or a Mac computer, you will need to properly turn on your Ethernet adapter if you want to connect to a wired network.

Things You'll Need

  • PC or Mac computer

PC Instructions

Step 1

Log on to your PC computer with an administrator account. Only accounts with administrative privileges have the ability to enable and disable network adapters.

Step 2

Open the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" icon.

Step 3

Double-click on the "Network Connections" icon. A new window will open with icons representing each of the network adapters currently installed on your computer.

Step 4

Locate your Ethernet adapter icon, which is usually labeled as the "Local Area Connection," and highlight it.

Step 5

Right-click on the "Local Area Connection" icon and select the "Enable" option. After a few moments, you will see confirmation that the Ethernet adapter has turned on.

Mac Instructions

Step 1

Log on to your Mac computer with an administrator account. Only accounts with administrative privileges have the ability to enable and disable network adapters.

Step 2

Launch System Preferences by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

Step 3

Go to the "Network" control panel underneath the "Internet & Wireless" heading.

Step 4

Highlight the entry labeled "Ethernet" in the list of available network adapters on the left side of the window.

Step 5

Click on the gear symbol at the bottom of the adapter list and choose the "Make Service Active" option. The Ethernet adapter will now be enabled.