How can I best test the ethernet port?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SheerGold, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. SheerGold macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2006
    I am contemplating buying a G5 tower.

    I suspect that the ethernet port may be faulty.

    What are the best and simplest ways to test that?
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Try and connect it to the internet? You need to be more specific. Will you be testing it at your home, or where you will be buying it? Will there be multiple computers? If so, you can network the two as a test.
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I don't follow... How can you suspect the ethernet port is faulty if you have yet to buy the computer?

    Don't the G5s have two ethernet ports? If you suspect that only one is faulty, you could connect the two using an ethernet cable and ping from one to the other.
  4. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    ....use an ethernet cord to try to hook it up to the internet?
  5. Silent!Avenger macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2008
    Plug it into your router. Why do you think its bad in the first place? Also, it might be the cord itself if you tried testing it before.

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