LAN question, need to know for college

I'm building a desktop for college next september.

I checked with my college about internet access, and they say I will need an ethernet card to connect to their internet.

The motherboard I'm buying has a gigabit LAN port, would that work? Or do I need to buy an ethernet card?

My home setup is a cable modem, connected with one of those cables with the telephone end *I don't know what they're called, but here's a link to what they look like http://img.shopping.com/cctool/PrdImg/images/pr/177X150/00/02/23/62/76/35873398.JPG* to my router. And my router has another one of those cables connected to my computer. Whenever my router gives me trouble I just disconnect it and connect the modem directly to my computer with the cable. So I don't know if my LAN port is an ethernet port or not.

To sum it up, would onboard gigabit LAN work for my position, or do I need to go out and buy an ethernet card? I think the college uses highspeed.

I would test it out myself, but I haven't built the computer yet and it won't be until spring. I'm just planning everything out a head of time :lol:
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  1. Quote:
    I checked with my college about internet access, and they say I will need an ethernet card to connect to their internet.

    The motherboard I'm buying has a gigabit LAN port, would that work?
    Yes.
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    My home setup is a cable modem, connected with one of those cables with the telephone end *I don't know what they're called, but here's a link to what they look like http://img.shopping.com/cctool/PrdImg/images/pr/177X150/00/02/23/62/76/35873398.JPG* to my router. And my router has another one of those cables connected to my computer. Whenever my router gives me trouble I just disconnect it and connect the modem directly to my computer with the cable. So I don't know if my LAN port is an ethernet port or not.
    While the cable connector might LOOK like a telephone connector, it isn't... it is larger. Ethernet uses an RJ-45 connector; your telephone uses an RJ-11.
  2. i second that... Yes it will work fine... If you are living in the Dorms i HIGHLY recommend that you invest in a good software or hardware firewall. Unless you like your computer\files screwed with.

    Good luck

    ~Cheers
  3. Thank you for the answers, yes I am living in a dorm *or will be

    I will get a secure firewall. Thanks
    :)
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