Best Ethernet Adapters For Your Dell XPS Laptop

How can I get Ethernet support on my XPS 13 or XPS 15 laptop?

Dell's XPS 13 and XPS 15 are both premium laptops, but there is one small problem: they lack Ethernet ports. But don't fret. In order to get around this absence, you can pick up adapters designed specifically for adding wired internet. There are plenty of options out there, but we whittled them down to give you the best Ethernet adapters available for your XPS laptop.

StarTech USB 3.0 to Ethernet

StarTech USB 3.0 to Ethernet

When it comes to Ethernet adapters, many people just want two things: good performance and a low price. Awarded an Editors Choice by PCMag, they site had this to say in its review:

The problem with USB adapters as mentioned: Speeds tend to disappoint performance-wise, but StarTech's adapter is one of the best I've tested. Remember: a speedy adapter such as this won't bump up your Internet connection speeds, but it will help your internal network connectivity when transferring files and streaming multimedia, for example.

This adapter is compatible with 10/100/1000 networks and even has a bit of a brain built in; if you plug it into a USB 2.0 port, it will remind you that speeds are at least twice as fast when used with USB 3.0. Available in three colors and starting at about $20, this is a serious option for many people looking to add Ethernet to their XPS.

See at Amazon

Anker 3-Port hub with Ethernet

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 10/100/1000 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 3.0 ports along the top of the adapter support transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps.

This Anker hub has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 500 reviews. It normally costs about $50, but it frequently goes on sale for about half that price. If you need an adapter that does more than just internet, check out this multipurpose option.

See at Amazon

Dell USB-C to Ethernet

Dell USB-C to Ethernet

Dell knew that some XPS users would feel put out by the lack of Ethernet, so the company created a solid USB-C to Ethernet adapter. It supports 10/100/1000 networks to ensure you can connect everywhere, and the slim, rounded form means you can easily fit it into your pocket.

The ribbon-style cable ensures the adapter lies flat when in use (no annoying coiling), and the USB-C connector fits snugly into its port. Grab this adapter from Dell for about $45 and enjoy a one-year warranty.

See at Dell

SIIG USB 3.0 to Ethernet

SIIG USB 3.0 to Ethernet

One of the best things about XPS laptops is their portability; you can carry them around in just a sleeve or slim case, but that means you have to carry the Ethernet adapter somewhere else. While other USB 3.0 options in this roundup are square, the edges on the SIIG adapter are rounded off so you can pop it into your pocket and not feel corners dig into your leg.

It connects with USB 3.0 and offers support for 10/100/1000 networks. With a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 280 reviews, this $20 adapter is a solid choice for anyone who needs an Ethernet connection but doesn't carry around a laptop bag.

See at Amazon

Cable Matters USB-C to Ethernet

Cable Matters USB-C to Ethernet

If you'd like to take advantage of the USB-C port on your XPS laptop but don't want to pay for an official Dell adapter, you can grab this one from Cable Matters for about $17. It sits at a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 80 reviews, and it fits well into its port and does exactly what it says, with support for 10/100/1000 networks.

All you have to do is plug it into your XPS, plug in an Ethernet cable, and you'll be good to go. There are no drivers to download, so you won't have to wait for a connection, and two LEDs on the Ethernet port let you know that things are working smoothly. Need USB-C but don't want to pay top dollar? Check out this adapter from Cable Matters.

See at Amazon

Making connections

Need more connectivity options for your laptop? Check out our roundups of the best USB 3.0 hubs and the best docking stations.