Gateway® SX2802-Series Network Controller

What are network controllers? How does it help you to operate your Gateway® SX2802 desktops?


Network controllers, also known as network interface controllers (NIC), are hardware devices that handle the interface to a computer network and allow a network-capable device to access that network. A network controller helps one computer to interact and share data with other computers on a particular computer network. Although there are different types of network technologies available, Ethernet has emerged as the most widely used one. The network controller may be present inside the computer in the form of a network card that is installed, or it may be an embedded component or a part of the motherboard, router, expansion card, printer interface, or USB device. Wireless network interface controllers (WNIC) are widely used these days as compared to Ethernet and Token Ring, as they allow computers to connect to a network wirelessly. Some of the common manufacturers of NICs are Intel®, Novell® and Realtek among others.


Here are some steps to set up and manage your network through network controllers on your Gateway® SX2802 series desktop :




  • How to set up a network using network controller?

  • How to install drivers for your network controller?

  • What are the common problems faced while using network controllers and how to solve them?



How to set up a network using network controller?



To set up your own network, all you need is a network interface card, cables to connect it, and software or drivers to operate it. To start off things, you need to choose a NIC after determining the kind of speed you are looking for. Next, you need to fit in the card into the PCI slot of your Gateway® SX2802 desktop. With the card installed, now you need to connect your computer to other computers through cables. In case you want to set up a network of multiple computers (say 10-15 or more) you may consider using a hub. A hub lets you easily connect or disconnect computers on your network.



How to install drivers for your network controller?



With all the hardware in place, to connect to the network you need to install drivers that will help you to operate your newly installed hardware. Most NICs come with a disc that contains the driver software that needs to be installed. Otherwise, your Windows® XP or Windows Vista® comes with the requisite built-in drivers. Alternatively, you can also download the drivers form the Internet on another computer and transfer the files to your Gateway® SX2802 desktop and start networking with other computers.



What are the common problems faced while using network controllers and how to solve them?


One of the common problems that you might face with the network controller is that it might stop your system from getting connected to the network. This problem can manifest in the form of the network adapter getting disabled, needing to be reset, the adapter drivers missing or needing an update, or the adapter needing a replacement as a whole. While most of these situations can be resolved by going to the ‘Network and Internet’ tab on the ‘Control Panel’ of your Gateway® SX2802 series desktop, to replace the card you will need to buy a new one and install it again.




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