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USB Wireless Support - Win98 vs WinXP

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Mtnclimbers, Nov 4, 2002.

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  1. Mtnclimbers

    Mtnclimbers Thread Starter

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    Does anyone have knowledge regarding the performance improvements in WINXP versus Win98 (not SE) in using a USB connection to a wireless network? I just installed a Wi-Fi USB connection to a local ISP. I am currently using win98 and have not installed SE. My bandwidth test show that I am only getting about 55 kps. A dial-up to MSN I get about 21.5 kps.

    My readings suggest that USB support in WIMXP is superior but by what factor? I do not want to install WINXP and still only gain a little on my communicaion rate.

    Any ideas???
     
  2. Subnet Mask

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    The changes in Windows support of USB aren't performance improvements as such. They relate to the recognition and configuration of devices, driver support, etc. USB 1.0 has a max transfer rate of 12 Megabits/second, USB 2.0 has a max transfer rate of 480 Megabits/second. There is native support for USB 2.0 in XP. Upgrading OS will not make any difference to your transfer rate.

    All that being said, it is more likely that your problem is wireless transmission transmission errors or a hardware problem in your Wi-Fi USB device.
     
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    Thank you for reply.

    I thought that winxp usb enhancements were not so much performaced based. It appears to me that my wi-fi is not giving me the performance I want. Are you aware of any program I can load to show strength meter on the usb connection? I am running Orinoco wireless radio and connect using usb.
     
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    I can't find anything with a quick search. Suggest consulting the Orinoco documentation and/or contacting your ISP.
     
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