Substitute for a PCI card?

  coinneach 21:03 22 Jun 06

Can anybody tell me what a USB Network Adapter does? I'm wanting to network 2 PCs (wired connection since they are both on the same desk!)so that they share my BTBroadband service. The older of the two doesn't have an ethernet port or a network card. There's no room on the motherboard to install a PCI card. Would the Adapter provide an alternative or does it have a different role?


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  ade.h 22:04 22 Jun 06

You are barking up the wrong tree. A USB adapter (though it's actually a receiver, so I don't think that they should be described as adapters) is intended to be a cheap and simple way of receiving a wireless signal. It has nothing at all to do with Ethernet networks.

  ade.h 22:04 22 Jun 06

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  mgmcc 22:21 22 Jun 06

<<< Can anybody tell me what a USB Network Adapter does? >>>

A "USB Network Adapter" performs essentially the same function as its PCI card equivalent and they are available as either 10/100Mbps "wired" ethernet adapters or 802.11g Wireless Network adapters.

To avoid the 12Mbps speed limitation of USB 1.1, you would need to use USB 2.0 adapters in conjunction with USB 2.0 ports in the PC.

This is the USB ethernet adapter that I have, but mine is fairly old now and pre-dates USB 2.0 - click here

  coinneach 15:28 23 Jun 06

Thanks a lot, folks. That's all I wanted to know.


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