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    USB Vs Ethernet

    I have a Motorola 5120 modem and it has two way of being connected to a PC. I have it connected with a USB cable because I do not have a Ethernet card on my MB. What I have been told is that if I had an Ethernet card and had my modem connected to it my download speeds wold be much faster. Is a Ethernet connection faster than a USB connection? Also, if I decided to install an Ethernet card, how would I know which one to install? Please reply.
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    If your potential download speeds are greater than 5-6Mb, then an ethernet connection might give faster throughput.
    A RealTek 8139 network adapter will install on almost every OS since about 1992 (and some from earlier), but the speeds will vary a little, as will the CPU% used by it, it depends on who made it and how many corners were cut.

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    The advantage with ethernet is in expansion, not speed. If you have multiple PCs. TVs, game boxes etc you can connect them all to the internet with an ethernet modem/router. If you only have one PC stick to USB.

    cheers, Paul

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