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Connecting a Network Adapter

Updated on November 11, 2014

Select and install a Network Adapter

Select the 1000BaseTX network adapter and reconnect the Cat5e cable (you could also use Cat5 cable, but this cable is not available in this scenario). The 1000BaseTX network adapter supports Gigabit Ethernet.

Complete the following steps:

  1. In the Support Office, switch to the motherboard view of the computer (turning off the workstation as necessary)
  2. On the Shelf, expand the Network Adapters category.
  3. Identify the network adapter that supports Fast Ethernet 1000BaseTX. Drag the network adapter from the Shelf to a free PCI-E slot on the computer.
  4. To connect the computer to the network, switch to the back view of the computer.
  5. Drag the Cat5 cable connector from the motherboard's NIC to the port of the 1000BaseTX network adapter.
  6. To verify the connection to the local network and the Internet, switch to the front view of the computer.
  7. Click the power button on the computer case.
  8. After the workstation's operating system is loaded, click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the network and the Internet.

Connect a Media Converter

Use a media converter to convert from fiber optic cables on the server to copper cables (as used in the existing corporate network). Connect the server to the converter box using an ST to SC fiber optic cable. Eventually, you will connect the converter box to the network. Note: In this lab, when connecting the fiber optic cables, connect the transmit (Tx) port on one device to the receive (Rx) port on the other device.

To complete this lab, use the following steps:

  1. On the Bench, switch to the back view of the server. Examine the network card to identify the fiber optic connectors. Compare those connectors to the network connector available on the wall outlet and workstation.
  2. On the Shelf, expand the Networking Devices category.
  3. Locate the 1000BaseFX to 1000BaseTX media converter on the Shelf and drag it to the Bench.
  4. On the Shelf, expand the Cables category.
  5. Select the ST to SC cable, which uses connectors like you see below.


  1. In the Selected Component window, drag the SC A connector to the RX port in the media converter. The RX jack looks like the one you see below.
  1. In the Selected Component window, drag the ST A connector to the TX jack on the server's network adapter, which looks like the one you see below.
  1. In the Selected Component window, drag the SC B connector to the TX port in the media converter, which looks like the one you see below.
  1. In the Selected Component window, drag the ST B connector to the RX jack on the server's network adapter, which looks like the one you see below.
  1. To plug in the media converter, select the power adapter on the Shelf.
  2. In the Selected Component window, drag the DC power connector to the port on the media converter.
  3. In the Selected Component window, drag the AC adapter end to an empty power outlet.

Select a Network Device

To meet the requirements (including not using a device with unnecessary features), you will need to select a hub. The following are the essential differences between the networking devices offered in this scenario:

  • A hub can connect the computers in a local area network, and then the computers share the bandwidth with the connected devices.
  • A switch also creates the connection, but offers guaranteed bandwidth between both devices. Selecting a switch is not necessary for this scenario.
  • A router connects devices on two different networks, but many routers (such as the ones shown here) also include integrated Ethernet ports for the LAN. Selecting a router with an integrated hub or switch is not necessary for this scenario.

Complete the following steps:

  1. On the Shelf, expand the Networking Devices category.
  2. Read the device descriptions to identify the hub. Drag the 1000BaseTX Ethernet hub to the Bench.
  3. Switch to the back view of the hub.
  4. On the Shelf, expand the Cables category.
  5. To plug in the hub, select the power adapter on the Shelf.
  6. In the Selected Component window, drag the DC power connector to the port on the hub.
  7. In the Selected Component window, drag the AC adapter end to an empty outlet on the wall or surge protector.
  8. To connect the cable modem to the hub, switch to the back view of the Home-PC (the computer on the left).
  9. Select the Cat5e cable connected to the motherboard's NIC, and drag the connector to an Ethernet port on the hub.
  10. To connect the Home-PC to the hub, expand the Cables category on the Shelf.
  11. Select the Cat5e cable with RJ-45 connectors.
  12. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to the Ethernet port on the back of Home-PC.
  13. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to an Ethernet port on the hub.
  14. To confirm that Home-PC is properly connected to the SOHO network and Internet, click the Windows icon on the monitor on the left.
  15. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the home network and the Internet.
  16. To connect Home-PC2 (the computer on the right) to the hub, switch to the Bench.
  17. Repeat steps 11 through 13 to make the connection, and then repeat steps 14 and 15 to confirm the connection.

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