Realtek Network Adaptor


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Hello !
I recently purchased a pre-owned desktop PC. (Windows 10)
I'm connected via Virgin broadband.
Plugged into one of the USB ports is what I think is a Network Adapter.
It's listed as being : Realtek RTL8188EU Wireless LAN802.lln
What does this unit actually do ?
Do I need it ?
Can I remove it without any dire consequences ? :)
Thanks in advance.
 
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Ian

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That's the wireless network adaptor. If you use Wifi, you'll need this :).
 
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So if I'm already getting a wi-fi signal from my Virgin Superhub 3 modem then I don't need it. Is that correct ?
 

muckshifter

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Leave it alone, it's not broken. :)
 
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Sorry, what i meant to say is that my Virgin broadband is wired directly from the Virgin Superhub 3 into the back of the PC (using a CAT 5 connection).
The wi-fi for the rest of the household gadgets, (phones, tablets), is also transmitted by the Virgin Superhub.
I don't think I need to pick up a wi-fi signal for the PC via the usb Network Adapter......that's why I thought I could remove it.
( though i take the pojnt of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it !" ) :)
 
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In that case, there would be no harm in removing it.
Save it in case you later want to connet via WiFi.
 

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Why remove it? It's doing no harm and you could possibly use it one day. :)
 
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Removing it would make another USB port available.
It could always be plugged back in if needed later.
 
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I don't think I need to pick up a wi-fi signal for the PC via the usb Network Adapter
If you are connected via ethernet to your Virgin hub and WiFi adapters will still show up.
 

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