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This page discusses Ethernet Drivers and how to properly identify and download them. It also explains the importance of keeping your drivers up-to-date and some of the challenges with updating Ethernet Drivers. Note: You can automatically download the correct Ethernet Drivers by downloading the DriverUpdate™ Utility below.

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About Ethernet Controller Drivers

An ethernet controller is a type of network interface controller (NIC). It is a hardware device that allows your computer to send and receive data transmissions from other computers on your local network and access the Internet. Without this device, you would not have access to anything outside of your own computer, including the world wide web.

An ethernet controller accepts ethernet wire into a port on the controller. The ethernet wire carries the Internet signal from an Internet modem and interprets the signal it receives so that it can be processed and formatted by a web browser for you to view. The ethernet controller utilizes a small piece of software called a driver to perform these functions. The driver contains the instructions used by the ethernet controller to receive and interpret data from computers on the local network and the Internet.

Ethernet controller drivers are developed by the manufacturer of the hardware device and are designed specifically for the unique construction of the ethernet controller's hardware. Drivers may be updated by the manufacturer to improve the performance of the existing hardware device or to correct errors that were undiscovered at the time of the product's release. The nature of software allows for this versatility and makes the updates possible. The updates are hosted on the manufacturer's website and can be obtained freely, but locating the correct driver for your specific device can be difficult as there are numerous ethernet controllers.

Common Device Ethernet Controller Issues

Ethernet controllers commonly fail as they usually maintain a state of constant activity. If you have an active Internet connection, the controller is constantly receiving small packets of data in order to maintain the connection; thereby, forcing the hardware to always be under load.

In many cases, the cause of ethernet controller failure can be attributed to a corrupt or out-of-date ethernet controller driver. Because the ethernet controller driver is required for the operation of the device, if it fails, the device will fail with it.

Common symptoms of ethernet controller driver failure...

  • You are unable to connect to the Internet.
  • You are able to connect to the Internet, but your connection is unreliable.
  • Web pages load more slowly than usual.
  • You cannot connect to computers on a local network.
  • You are unable to obtain an IP address.

It is not uncommon for ethernet controller drivers to develop errors. The first and best step to take when troubleshooting driver errors is to first update the driver. Updating the driver often fixes the problem, and if it does not, it still eliminates the possibility that the driver software is causing the ethernet controller to fail. We have compiled a guide to fixing ethernet controllers manually. The guide will walk you through the process of locating, obtaining and installing the updated drivers for your ethernet controller. An alternate, easier method for updating device drivers is to use an automated driver update utility that will streamline the process of finding, downloading and installing all of your drivers with a single click.

How to Easily Download the Correct Ethernet Drivers

Downloading the correct Ethernet Drivers for your system can be an extremely difficult task. Unforeseen driver conflicts can cause system instability, device malfunctions, or worse, cause your PC to stop working entirely. There are so many different devices installed on today's computers that even expert PC technicians rely on automated tools to do the dirty work for them. Fortunately, you don't have to be an expert PC Technician to use DriverUpdate.

With one click, DriverUpdate automatically determines the correct, most up-to-date drivers your system needs. What's more, DriverUpdate is designed to download and install your drivers in the perfect order. This guarantees your computer won't encounter errors from incorrect or out-of-date drivers and resolves any driver conflicts you may not know about.

To avoid hours of manual troubleshooting, and the risks associated with installing incorrect drivers on your computer, we Strongly Recommend DriverUpdate ( Click Here To Download DriverUpdate )


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