I hope I just missed it, but it seems Framework is WiFi only. Is there a module for RJ45 Ethernet?
As it stands it is WiFi only (unless you use a USB to Ethernet dongle) as there isn’t a RJ45 port on the laptop chassis or an RJ45 expansion card option… yet.
Hopefully there’ll be an RJ-45 ethernet phy module soon.
Wired ethernet is a hard and fast requirement for me, so that stopped me from pulling the trigger on a purchase. I’m gratified to see there’s some activity on this, so I’ll hold tight and watch closely for now.
@Zack_DeKatt - would a usb-c to ethernet adapter suffice? That’s effectively what the dedicated module will be doing. I am not a hardware engineer, so perhaps the dedicated module will be more efficient, or there are other concerns that I am not thinking of.
I’ve been a regular laptop user, pretty much since they were widely & commercially available. (Yes I’m that old.) As a consequence, I have developed a serious distaste for dongles over these many years: they’ve always been far too easily damaged, lost or stolen. I suppose I’ve pretty much grown to expect an rj-45 port on just about any piece of tech I buy.
DataVue Spark, 2 720 floppies, before that IBM 360 with a teletype machine and punch cards. I have RJ45 on everything else except my Fire tablet. Never had an even earlier desktop with a 5.25 floppy.
Hope the second generation has a builtin RJ45 port and an internal mini-sd.
Glad a RJ-45 adapter is in the works. How “oversize” is it likely to be?
While I appreciate the attraction of a wired network port, the truth is that the only place I really demand a wired network port is at my home workstation. In that case, having my monitors, keyboard, mouse, webcam and network permanently connected to a USB-C hub that I can connect to my laptop with a single plug is more advantageous than a RJ-45 port on the laptop.
However, having a RJ-45 module that can I can keep in the laptop bag, and swap in if I ever find myself needing wired network on the road would be very attractive.
<<However, having a RJ-45 module that can I can keep in the laptop bag, and swap in if I ever find myself needing wired network on the road would be very attractive.>>
A RJ45 module just like (or slightly larger) that I could carry would be perfect for my nomadic travel between non-profits in South Brooklyn where my computer is this Framework, not one of theirs.
A “half-step” design. Not a big problem, but you do have to have a small “lug” sticking out.
At least it’s plastic, so in case of external forces this module will always break. Although the same cannot be said for the onboard USB-C connectors …
I’ve never thought about it but having the cable like not under the laptop and sticking a bit out with the module is an advantage for me cause i always have my laptop in a way where the bottom is hard to reach and it’d be way easier to put on the cable.