What Should I Know About Network Devices?
Network devices come in a wide variety of different forms: from Ethernet cards directly connected to the motherboard of a computer to an 802.11 N USB Wi-Fi adapter, network devices are small pieces of hardware that allow us to connect our computers to the networks at home, at work, or even in public places like coffee shops.
Without network devices, our computers wouldn't be able to access the Internet, access network resources like printer or media servers, or even to connect to other computers that are on the network. This means that if you need, or even just want, to be able to stay surfing the Internet, checking your email, and using network resources like printers, scanners, or media devices, then every component of your network devices needs to be fully-functioning at all times. This includes not only the hardware aspects of your network devices, but also the software the governs them - their drivers.
What Are Network Device Drivers?
Network device drivers, just like other types of device drivers, are pieces of software that tell your network devices how to function. These drivers tell your network devices, like Ethernet cards, how to interpret data they receive from the network, and they tell your computer how to send data over these devices. Simply put, functioning network device drivers are absolutely critical for your network devices to continue to perform as you need it to.
For some device drivers, like for your printer or some gaming peripherals, the impacts of an outdated or faulty device driver can be somewhat mild and usually just mean the loss of that device until repaired. Similarly, when your network device drivers cease functioning correctly, you can generally no longer use them. Because the best way to repair device drivers is over the Internet, losing access to your network devices means that you're also losing the best way to repair them. Therefore, it is important to keep these network device drivers functioning at all times with software like Driver Genius.
What Can Happen if my Network Device Driver Fails
As we mentioned in the last section, when your network device drivers fail, it can mean the loss of access to any device that's on your network. This not only includes printers, media servers, and other computers, but also Internet access. Unfortunately, this means that faulty network device drivers are some of the most problematic to repair, as often, the only way to fix these drivers is by accessing the Internet.
Depending on what specifically is wrong with your network device driver, you may receive a number of different error codes. While these codes may be significant to the developers of operating systems and the devices themselves, they usually don't mean much to the users that read them. Some error codes that you may run into include:
- This device cannot start. (Code 10)
- Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)
- The software for this device has been blocked from starting because it is known to have problems with Windows. Contact the hardware vendor for a new driver. (Code 48)
While some of these error codes include instructions for repairing the problem, such as Code 48, others do not, leaving users to fend for themselves and search the Internet for repair clues. Thankfully, there are some quick solutions to driver problems, such as Driver Genius - which monitors, downloads, and updates new drivers automatically before errors can occur.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Ralink RT2860 Pci Wireless Network 3.01.05.0002 Windows 7 driver. In this case - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we also recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
What Can I Do to Keep My Network Device Drivers Running Correctly
When working to ensure that your network device drivers - and all of your device drivers - are running efficiently and correctly, there are two methods you could use, and one of them is significantly more time consuming and technically demanding than the other. We'll explain both methods to you, and let you determine which you think is a better fit for you.
The first involves opening your Device Manager, finding your network device, and then making note of when that driver was released. Then, navigate your web browser to the developer of that driver, and find the driver for your network device. If the driver on their website is more recent than the one you have installed, download it, uninstall your old driver, install the new driver, and then reboot your computer.
There are two things to note with this process: first, if your network device driver isn't working, then this method won't work - because you won't be able to access the Internet. Second, in order to effectively maintain all of the drivers on your computer, of which there may be several dozen, you must repeat this process for each of them.
Alternatively, you can download Driver Genius and let it automatically monitor all of the drivers on your computer for official updates, and allow it to automatically repair any and all driver issues you may have before they become problems
What Can Be Done to Avoid Having Driver Issues?
If you have ever had computer issues that caused real problems, then you probably have a good feeling of when they seem to happen the most frequently: when you are most in need of your computer. Unfortunately, computer repairs, even simple ones, can be very time consuming processes. Because of this, it is important to eliminate issues on your computer before they become real problems.
The best way to handle all of the issues you could potentially face with device drivers, including your network device drivers, is by using Driver Genius. By maintaining, updating, and repairing all of your drivers on a regular basis, Driver Genius can guarantee that you will never have computer issues due to your device drivers again.
What About Third Party Drivers?
Unfortunately, because device drivers fail for so many people on such a regular basis, the Internet is strewn with third-party driver developers that attempt to solicit your downloads. This would be a good thing were it not for the fact that no developer can craft device drivers either as correctly or as effectively as the original driver developer can.
Many rogue developers will instead try and claim that their drivers run faster or run better than the original drivers - but this is absolutely not true. Often, this claim is used by rogue developers to lure Internet users into downloading bad products that often contain viruses, spyware, or other types of malware. Because of this, third-party device drivers should always be avoided. Thankfully, Driver Genius will only download and install the original and most up-to-date drivers for your computer.
So What Can Driver Genius Do For Me?
- Driver Genius is amazingly effective: capable of monitoring all of the drivers on your computer and updating/repairing them simultaneously, no other software on the market, whether free or paid, is as effective or as fast as Driver Genius
- Driver Genius is like a get out of jail free card: by dealing with any and all driver problems that could arise before they have a chance to do any damage, Driver Genius ensures that none of the problems that you will ever have with your computer are driver related.
- Driver Genius is award-winning software: An extraordinary piece of software for users of any skill level, Driver Genius has won awards in multiple categories for its effectiveness, ease of use, and lightweight system resource usage.