Dell's XPS 15 (9500) is a stunning laptop, but for the company to create such a beautiful 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.
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.
This adapter isn't the fastest on the block, only going as high as 100Mbps, but it's one of the most affordable around, especially when compared to official solutions from Dell. If you don't mind where you get the adapter from, this is a great choice.
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, but it also 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 Amazon'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 a few USB-A ports to hook up all your non-USB-C accessories. You can't ask for much more.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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