Ethernet connections provide reliable internet in buildings and areas where Wi-Fi signals can be weak. While the Surface Book 2 and Surface Book 3 don’t have an Ethernet port, you can easily add one using a dock or dongle.
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How to add Ethernet to the Surface Book 2 or Surface Book 3
- Plug in dongle or dock into the appropriate port on the Surface Book 2 or Surface Book 3.
- Connect an Ethernet cable to your router.
- Plug the Ethernet cable into your dock or dongle.
Windows 10 handles any network setup when you physically connect your router to your Surface Book 2 or Surface Book 3 using an Ethernet cable and adapter. Unless your network has extra security features, it is plug-and-play.
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Because the Surface Book 2 and Surface Book 3 don’t have an Ethernet port, you have to use a dock or dongle that allows you to connect an Ethernet cable to the device using the Surface connect port, USB-A port, or USB-C port.
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In addition to adding an Ethernet port, the Surface Dock has four additional USB ports, two additional mini-display ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
You can’t have Ethernet without a cable, and a Cat-6 cable will handle just about any internet speed you throw at it.
Amazon Basics Cat-6 Ethernet cable ($7 at Amazon)
This cable can transfer up to 1Gbps more than most internet connections.
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