Cabled networking is useful in homes or offices where wireless might not work because of interference from walls and other obstacles. Most models of Toshiba computers have built-in ethernet ports ready to go as soon as they're plugged into the network. But you can encounter problems even with the most stable network installation. Before you spend money calling a Toshiba tech-support hotline, you can try a few things to try to fix your ethernet cable problems.
Check the Connection
Make sure the connection is live. In a typical setup, one end of the ethernet cable is plugged into a router, hub, switch or broadband modem. The other is plugged into your computer. Most Toshiba models have connection and activity signal lights next to the ethernet port. Both lights should be on. The connection light should be steady, while the activity light should blink. There probably is a connection light on the router or modem. Make sure both ends of the cable are plugged firmly into the ethernet sockets.
Check the Cable
If the ethernet cable is plugged in securely but you don't see lights, swap it out for another cable.
Turn off Wireless
If you have a wireless connection, turn it off. The computer may be trying to use the wireless connection rather than the ethernet port. Most Toshibas have a switch to toggle the wireless antenna on and off. Wireless activity is indicated by an amber light near the switch.
Rebooting can solve a lot of computer issues. Reboot the Toshiba. Also reset all network equipment by powering it off and then back on.
Run Toshiba Connection Software
Most Toshiba computers have connection software that can help you diagnose problems with your ethernet connection. On most models, it can found in the Toshiba folder in the Start Menu. Run the program, ConfigFree, and follow all the prompts.
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