How to enable ethernet adapter and wireless network connections

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How to enable ethernet adapter and wireless network connections
Ethernet cables are used for DSL Internet connections. (ethernet image by Jaume Felipe from

If your computer has no Ethernet port, you need a USB adaptor in order to make use of your DSL connection. Wireless network connections pick up wireless waves sent out by a router that shares a DSL Internet connection between multiple computers. If either of these devices is disabled, it cannot be used by Windows, but enabling both a wireless network connection and an Ethernet adaptor makes it usable--and the process is the same for both Ethernet adaptors and wireless network connections.

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  1. 1

    Click on "Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Manage Network Connections."

  2. 2

    Click on the Ethernet adaptor or your wireless network connection (whichever you need to enable) with your right-mouse button.

  3. 3

    Select "Enable" from the right-click menu that appears. Windows will now enable your device.

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