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USB or Eithernet cable ??.

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by 96GSR, May 26, 2004.

  1. 96GSR

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    My computer works fine just wondering witch one gives better results and is faster ??.
     
  2. Dural

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    Depends on the purpose of the cable.

    USB is not your typical networking cable, it's primary use is to connect a device to your computer. In some situations it can connect Cable/DSL modems directly to your computer. In this situation it's not technically networking. However, you can buy USB network cards which are much more expensive but do everything a normal internal Network Card does.

    So like I said above, depends on the use you have in mind for it.
     
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    im assuming your trying to choose between connecting a ethernet cable or a USB from your cable modem to your pc i would say USB if it is a short distance as it supports around 200mps ? where a ethernet cable does about 10/100mps depending on your card... no distinct advantage to either other than which one is closer adn less work to get .
     
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    Correction: USB 1.1 spec is 12Mbits/sec. Actual throughput will be less than 6Mbits/sec for most devices.

    USB 2.0 spec is designed to compete with firewire and offers up to 480Mbit/sec. (Actual performance numbers will be less).

    I'm 99% sure the motorola cable modems eastlink provides are 1.1 spec, but since the device will never see more than 5 Mbit throughput USB 1.1 should suffice.

    I would still stick to ethernet though, the USB interface on surfboard modems is known to be less reliable than good old ethernet.
     
  5. Dural

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    Again, the question is what is your intended use?
     
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    Thanks you guys answered my question.
     
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    5 months on the USB connection (my mac address was already in use on eastlink, i though a mac was suppose to be unique, guess not).... no issues, 600k/sec all day long.
     
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    Mine was faster using the USB cable. Not a big difference... but a bit faster.
     

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