Most of the latest laptops do not come with an inbuilt ethernet port. We all know that wired connections provide much better connectivity, speeds, lesser latency and much more. However, due to the compact nature of the recent laptops, OEMs are removing the must needed RJ45 Ethernet Port. But, one thing that still comes with the laptops is the USB port, which mostly provides equivalent transfer speeds. A lot of brands, including some well-known networking component brands have invented the RJ45 Ethernet to USB adapters. These adapters come in handy when we either do not have working WiFi or we need better connectivity.
Just like other brands, Insignia has also introduced its USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter which has made its place in the market of these adapters. This is also a cheaper alternative to some other brands which are offering the same adapter at much higher costs. Well, we all know that computer peripherals need a driver to communicate between the computer and the hardware. Insignia adapter also needs a driver to communicate but it’s quite hard to find the driver for it. However, we have listed a full step-by-step guide on how to download Insignia USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter driver for Windows 11 and 10. Make sure to follow the steps carefully to avoid any errors. So, without any further ado, let’s get started. But first, let’s see what Insignia has offered us with their device.
Insignia USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter Features
As we have already discussed, these devices mostly help us to overcome the issue of not having an RJ45 port and hence they become quite useful for those who do internet-heavy work or play online games on their laptops. It also solves the issue of higher ping and latency very easily as it directly communicates with the router via the RJ45 cable.
Here are some of the noticeable features that the Insigna Ethernet Adapter offers us:
- Uninterrupted Connectivity: The device directly connects the laptop to the RJ45 cable. This ensures faster data transfer and lesser interruption. As a result, this provides much higher browsing and downloading speeds.
- Latest Gen Ports: Insignia has the support for the Cat 5 series of RJ45 wires that provide much higher data transfer rates and connectivity. USB 2.0 is also capable of transferring data faster.
- Portability: This is a portable device that can be carried anywhere. Be it your office, or your desk, you always have the ability to use it anywhere you want.
How to Download Insignia USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter Driver?
The Insignia USB 2.0 adapter is quite old device which came with a Driver CD for installation. However, most of the current laptops do not have an inbuilt CD drive. This leads us to the internet where we have to find out the correct driver for the device. Well, all these are quite a headache and we are here to save you. Just follow the steps below and make sure to download the driver from the given link below. Also, follow the installation part to not miss out on anything that might be needed for the particular device.
As Insignia does not offer the drivers, we have to download them from Realtek’s website. Here is how to download Insignia USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter driver from Realtek:
Step 1: First, go to Realtek’s driver download page by clicking on that link.
Step 2: Once you are on the page, scroll down and find the header that says “Windows”.
Step 3: You will now see a lot of drivers for different Windows versions with a Blue Download Button on the left side of each of them.
Step 4: Make sure which OS you are using and then click the download button of that particular OS. In our case, it is either Windows 10 or 11. You can also download the drivers by clicking the links below.
Download Driver for Windows 11
Download Driver for Windows 10
Step 5: Once you click the links, you will be redirected to the “Directly Download – REALTEK” page. Click on “Download File” on that page.
Step 6: You will now be redirected to a Captcha page. Complete the Captcha verification.
Step 7: Once you are done, click on “Go”. Your download will now automatically start.
Well, downloading the driver was quite easy, right? But one more issue is the installation part. To make sure that you do not make any mistakes, we have also provided a guide on how to install Insignia drivers.
How to Install Insignia USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter Driver?
Once you have downloaded the executable file on your Windows system, it is now time to install the same. Although installing the driver is pretty easy, here is a guide for the same:
Step 1: Navigate to the Downloads folder and find out the newly-downloaded file.
Step 2: Double-click on the file and allow the Windows Administrator permission.
Step 3: You will now encounter a setup wizard. Click on the next button on it.
Step 4: Now agree to any terms and conditions and make sure to select the proper installation directory. In general, it is “C:/Program Files”.
Step 5: The installation will now start on its own. Once it is done, exit the setup wizard and restart your computer.
Conclusion: Check the Connectivity of the Adapter
Once you are finally done with the installation and all, you will now have to check if the device is actually working or not. So, get your adapter ready along with the RJ45 cable. Below are the steps to check if your device is fully working or not, or if there are any errors:
Step 1: Once your laptop is restarted, insert the Adapter to any of the USB ports.
Step 2: After that, make sure that your RJ45 cable has working internet connectivity. Then insert it into the USB adapter.
Step 3: Now wait for your laptop to detect the device. You can check progress on the Network Icon (an outline of a monitor) on the taskbar.
Step 4: If the Network icon does not have any Red Cross or Yellow Warning sign, you are good to go to use the Internet. However, if not, then there might be chances that the Adapter is not detected by the laptop.