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2012 Build PC Components: Modem Ethernet Wireless


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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 3:49
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  • Posted: 03/02/2009

This lesson is part of the following series:

2012 Build Your Own PC: Components, Install, Setup (27 lessons, $29.70)
2012 Build Your Own PC: Internal Components (10 lessons, $13.86)

In this lesson we'll cover both Modem, Ethernet and wireless network cards, their advantages and disadvantages, what features and specs to look for when shopping, and how much you can expect to pay. Whether your are building your first gaming PC yourself, a budget computer, or just interested in learning what goes into a computer these lessons will help you get there.

A telephone connection to the Internet is known as a Dial Up connection. This is the cheapest way to connect, but is also the slowest.

For a telephone line modem look for the V.92 spec, which will make sure you get the fastest connection available.

An Ethernet adapter in your computer allows you to connect to a high speed cable or DSL modem using an Ethernet cable. Most motherboards include an Ethernet port built in
A wireless adapter connects without the need for cables.

This lesson is part of a comprehensive series of lessons created by Home PC Builder that will guide you through the process of building your computer (from the selection internal and external components through installation and setup).

You can purchase all 27 lessons in the course and save 46%.

For a DVD of this full series, please refer to

The other lessons in this Internal Component series are:
Pt 1/10: Hard Drives -
Pt 2/10: DVD/Blu-Ray -
Pt 3/10: Memory/RAM -
Pt 4/10: Video Card -
Pt 5/10: Sound Card -
Pt 6/10: Modem, Ethernet, Wireless -
Pt 7/10: Processor/CPU -
Pt 8/10: Motherboard -
Pt 9/10: Case & PSU -
Pt 10/10: Cooling -

You can buy all 10 internal component lessons as a series and save 30%

This modem, ethernet and wireless network adapter components lesson covers

Telephone Modem cards:
The specs to look for to get the fastest connection

Ethernet adapters:
100Mbps and 1Gbps standards

Wireless adapters:
802.11g and 802.11n standards

Types of high speed modems:
DSL, Cable and satellite options
The costs and availability

The cost of the different modems and networking cards
Recommendations of how much to spend

Wireless Security:
WPA and WPA2 standards
The basics of a secure wireless home network

The video ends with a summary of features and specifications to look for when buying.

In the installation lessons we’ll go over how to install a wireless network adapter into an open PCI Express slot (

The supplemental file below contains the complete written information from the video and is available to download after you buy.

Supplementary Files

  • Once you purchase this lesson you will have access to these files:
  • 09_network_card_comp.rtf 09_network_card_comp.rtf

About this Author

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
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Hello everyone my name is Michael Cooper & I have been in the computer industry for over 15 years. For the past 8 years I have been making instructional videos showing the average computer user how to build their own computer. I am A+ Certified and a member of the Better Business Bureau.


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