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The Best Ethernet adapters for your Dell XPS Laptop in Summer 2021: Anker, Belkin, and more!

The Best Ethernet adapters for your Dell XPS Laptop in Summer 2021: Anker, Belkin, and more!

From dongles to hubs, you have plenty of options

Dell’s lineup of XPS laptops are some of the best portable Windows (and Linux) machines you can buy, There’s no shortage of Windows laptops on the market, but Dell’s XPS lineup has put out some of the best laptops around. Most XPS laptops have sleek designs (putting aside the brief time the webcams were below the screen), excellent keyboards, and top-tier performance. However, most XPS laptops only have USB Type-C connectors (just like many Ryzen laptops and 5G laptops), which means you might need adapters for some types of connections — especially Ethernet.

We’ve listed some of the best Ethernet adapters for Dell XPS laptops below, highlighting the best features of each adapter. Some of them are strictly Ethernet-only, while others have additional ports on the same adapter. The multi-purpose dongles are typically more expensive, but at least you have multiple options to choose from. These adapters can also work with many Android devices, and if you have something with Android 11, you can tether the device’s internet connection over Ethernet with the right adapter.

    Walnew USB C to Ethernet Adapter

    The cheap option

    This is one of the cheaper adapters that supports both USB Type-C and full gigabit Ethernet. It's a great option if you just need a stable Ethernet connection and nothing extra.
    Anker USB-C to Ethernet Adapter

    Simple, but good

    This is another adapter that just handles Ethernet, and nothing else. It has a metallic finish that matches some Dell XPS laptops, and supports Gigabit.
    j5create USB Type-C Hub

    Ethernet with extras

    Here's another Type-C hub. In addition to Gigabit Ethernet, it has two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI.
    Belkin USB Type-C Hub

    The ultimate hub

    This Type-C hub has two USB Type-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a pass-through Type-C connector, [email protected] HDMI, and an SD card slot.
    Insignia USB Type-A to Ethernet Adapter

    For older XPS laptops

    If your Dell XPS doesn't have a Type-C port, this Gigabit Ethernet adapter will work just fine.
    3-Port USB Hub

    For older laptops, with extras

    Here's another option for older Dell XPS laptops with only USB Type-A ports. This has an Ethernet port and three additional USB Type-A connectors.

If you only need Ethernet connectivity and nothing else, a simple adapter like the above Insignia and Xcellon options are the most cost-effective. However, if you’re constantly running into other cables you can’t directly plug into your Dell XPS, a hub with multiple types of ports might be a better option. Hubs also have the advantage of only taking up one Type-C port, leaving the others free for charging and connecting other accessories.

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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.