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#382265 - 22nd Jan 2010 9:27am Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter
polo_phil Offline

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Someone in work has just got the broadband but her computer doesn't have a Ethernet port.
Anyone know where you can get locally a usb to ethernet converter... Otherwise I have seen them online for under a fiver..
The alternative is a usb wireless dongle which would also do.

Cheers

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#382269 - 22nd Jan 2010 9:40am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: polo_phil]
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A usb port will restrict the bandwidth that a user can get through a normal ethernet cable. Best thing to do is buy a ethernet card from as little as 2.49 from here. Easy enough to fit and depending on the broadband speed you have, you will be able to cope with the bandwidth.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-Hardware/All/Networking/Network-Cards

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#382270 - 22nd Jan 2010 9:49am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: MerseyMan]
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It's an old computer so it's not going to be very quick anyway...
I have a couple of them at home but it's not my computer... It's someone in work who wants a simple plug and play solution

thanks

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#382271 - 22nd Jan 2010 9:52am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: polo_phil]
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I will have a ethernet card you can have?
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#382272 - 22nd Jan 2010 9:58am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: kimpri]
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Thanks but I have got some in a box of crap and bits in my loft smile

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#382273 - 22nd Jan 2010 10:00am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: kimpri]
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I can't see any shops such as pc world having them, just looked on their website. The only thing you would have to do if you reall want a ethernet to usb converter is to phone a number of local pc repair shops, there are quite a few in birkenhead wallasey. Though from the same shops you could buy an ethernet card for under a fiver, take 5 mins more just to fit it. smile

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#382275 - 22nd Jan 2010 10:06am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: MerseyMan]
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I know exactly what your saying! and if it was mine I would slap in a card straight away... I'm just trying to help someone out at work... and if my cars not being rubbish I will probably drive round this weekend and do it for them just to shut you all up wink

Thanks for your help guys

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#382276 - 22nd Jan 2010 10:12am Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: polo_phil]
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If the computer is old and slow, don't use USB for networking - USB puts load onto the CPU, whereas an ethernet card doesnt. Also, ethernet is built for networking, so generally works straight out of the box without any issues (and since most cars use the same few chipets, most versions of Windows don't even need you to install drivers etc). Put simply, USB isnt built for networking, it is a jack of all trades and master of none.

Also, if it has USB 1.0 or 1.1, it will suffer a severe bottleneck as the capacity simply isnt there for modern broadband connections (its probably okay upto about 2Mbps though).

If you can, look for an Intel ethernet controller on the card, they are the mustard. I got an Intel Pro card on the bay for a few quid some years back, they were about 50 to buy at the time. But generally any chipset will do.

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#382331 - 22nd Jan 2010 1:22pm Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: MattLFC]
PaulWirral
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Originally Posted By: MattLFC


Also, if it has USB 1.0 or 1.1, it will suffer a severe bottleneck as the capacity simply isnt there for modern broadband connections (its probably okay upto about 2Mbps though).



I was going to make the same point. Using USB on an old machine would seriously slow the connection. I know its an old machine and speed is not the issue but there may be problems keeping a steady connection using usb. I would use an ethernet card.

Hope that helps! If not, tough!! tease That cheap b*stard at your work should buy a new computer!! raftl

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#382351 - 22nd Jan 2010 2:58pm Re: Wanted: USB to Ethernet converter [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: PaulWirral
That cheap b*stard at your work should buy a new computer!! raftl


That was my initial advice thumbsup

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