Best Dell XPS 15 Ethernet Adapters Windows Central 2019

Dell's XPS 15 is a stunning laptop, but for the company to create such a good-looking notebook, it had to ditch a few ports traditionally found on portable PCs, including the LAN port. To hook up your Dell XPS 15 to a wired network, you'll need to pick up one of these handy little accessories.

Top USB-C: Dell USB-C to Ethernet

Staff favorite

Because the XPS 15 doesn't come rocking a LAN port, Dell created a simple USB-C to Ethernet adapter that supports PXE boot. It's compatible with 10/100/1000Mbps networks to ensure you can connect everywhere, and the slim, rounded form means you can easily fit it into your pocket.

$40 at Dell

Top USB-A: StarTech USB-A 3.0 to Ethernet

This adapter is compatible with 10/100/1000Mbps networks and will even remind you that speeds are at least twice as fast when used with USB 3.0 if using a slower USB 2.0 port. It's not cheap but it does offer some impressive speeds for browsing websites at a lightning-fast pace, as well as providing a USB 3.0 port to give back the one the adapter uses.

$42 at Dell

Budget-friendly: AmazonBasics USB-A to Ethernet

If all you need is an Ethernet adapter via USB-A 3.0, this option from AmazonBasics is about the cheapest you'll find. It's a no-frills option that will do just what you need and nothing more. Even so, it's pretty well made and should last a fair while.

$14 at Amazon

USB passthrough: Anker 3-Port hub with Ethernet

Chosen as one of our top picks in our roundup of best USB 3.0 hubs because of its Ethernet port, this adapter from Anker is here for the opposite reason. Its Ethernet port supports 10/100/1000Mbps networks to ensure you can connect pretty much everywhere, and LEDs on the port ensure you that data is moving as it should be. The three USB-A 3.0 ports along the top of the adapter support transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps.

$26 at Amazon

Making a smart choice

Part of owning a slim laptop like the XPS 15 is the trade-off that you simply won't get all the ports you might need. In the case of Ethernet, at least, that's easily rectified, and since you have a USB-C port, the tiny Dell USB-C Ethernet Dongle is a smart addition to your arsenal. Not only does it serve Gigabit Ethernet and support the enterprise-friendly PXE boot, it leaves your regular USB ports free for all those accessories and cables you already accumulated.

Adding USB ports is also something you can easily do while getting Ethernet on your laptop, too, and Anker's excellent USB Ethernet hub is just the ticket. Not only will it give you a super-fast wired data connection, but you'll get back the USB port you gave up for it and add another couple on top for good measure. You can't really ask for much more.

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