Hard Wire: Laptop to Modem??

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When I use Skype, I hard wire my laptop to the modem, instead of using Wi-Fi. to get better reception. My old Lenovo had a RJ-45 ethernet port which I used to connect with the modem.

Just bought an HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 which does not have an ethernet port. Can I use a USB cable from the laptop to the modem? There are USB ports on my modem. Thank you from an old Luddite!
 

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What is the brand and exact model number of the modem with the USB ports? I have heard of routers that have one or more USB ports that can be used with USB drives for networked storage and/or adding a printer to a network if it only has a USB port.
 

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Thank you. I got it from Verizon. It looks like: Actiontec MI424WR Rev. I -- it has 2 USB ports.
 

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Hold on. Some Google results are showing that some of these Verizon modems may have USB ports. Let ne investigate further this evening.
 
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Have you tried using Skype with a wireless connection on the HP ? It may better than it was on the other laptop.
 
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Have you tried using Skype with a wireless connection on the HP ? It may better than it was on the other laptop.
I agree that the OP should at least try using it with WiFi.
The biggest problem is going to be the modem which appears to be rather old. I think that whether the laptop is used wired or wirelesss the internet speed will still be limited by the modem.
 

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It would appear that some (older?) versions of the Actiontec MI424WR did include 2 USB ports on the back. As far as I have been able to determine, the Verizon versions of firmware in the device never supported any usage of the USB ports beyond using them to charge cellphones and other devices that charge through a USB connection.
 
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According to the modem's specs:
Maximum wired speed = 100 Mbps
Maximum wireless speed (802.11g) = 55 Mbps
The laptop is capable of much faster speeds than this. However, that makes no difference since like I said the modem and the internet plan that goes along with it is what is limiting the speed.
 

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Thanks to everyone for your kind help with this. Every time I post a question on Techguy I find really nice people who are willing to help an old Luddite like me.
 

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