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DSL MODEM: USB vs ETHERNET CABLE

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sharky, Oct 3, 2003.

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  1. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    i set up a DSL modem to a new computer.

    although i have a ethernet connection on the DSL and the new computer,i used a USB cable.

    should i go buy an ethernet cable and use that instead of a USB or does it make no diffrence?
     
  2. Piringa

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    Um technicallly ethernet is way faster than usb. usb 1.0 only does 300k per second while ethernet does way more. (not sure how much). Then again your internet connection might not be faster than 300k per second. If you have dsl its very likely that you get 765kbps or soemthing like that. I don't know how to translate kbps to kilobits so I dont know how much 300k is in kbps. I do know that I can't use the usb type even though my dsl modem supports both because my connection is much more than 765kbps its 1.5gbps or 1500kbps. I use ethernet because maybe my connection is actually a little more than 300k per second which is what usb 1.0 can do.

    ps. Im not an expert but in my case I went with ethernet because well its made for networking and I wouln't wanna use up a usb slot.

    Your internet provider should have provided you with an ethernet cable and the usb cable so don't spend your money unless your worried that your connection is slow because the dsl modem is connected through usb.

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  3. MCP

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    Not only will you be gauranteing yourself better bandwidth, but ethernet is more reliable than USB.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Actually, USB 1.1 is 12mbit/sec, the speed of the USB port is not the issue. Ethernet was designed for networking, all of the commonly available SOHO broadband routers are Ethernet connected, it's the way to go. It'll be a lot more stable, won't disconnect when you print on your USB printer, etc. :D
     
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