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Network Card vs Adapter through a 1.1 USB port


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#1 Bezukhov

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:13 AM

I have an old Sony Viao PCG-FXA63 that currently connects to my router with a Belkin 802.11g adapter via a 1.1 USB port. I could add an 802.11a wireless card to a dedicated slot on the bottom of the computer. My question is would I see any improvement in performance installing the wireless card?
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:04 AM

Read the following Link:
http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wireless80211/a/aa80211standard.htm

I do not believe you will see any improvement from your current set up. If you do, I doubt it would be note worthy.

You would just have 1 extra USB port in the long run, and nothing sticking out from it to get in your way...
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:08 AM

Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it for future reference, and if someone else is curious about what all those adapter numbers mean.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:15 AM

Im glad I could help, your welcome.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 04:17 PM

"802.11a supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbp", "802.11g supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbps" Taken from the above article. USB 1.1, which was released in September 1998 allowed for a 12 Mbit/s. A mega-bit is 1,000,000 bits a Mega-byte is 8,000,000 bits. What does all this mean? Your USB port is a bottle neck for your internet, get the internal card. :P

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:34 PM

Yeah, definitely go with the wireless card. USB1.1 is something not to expect much out of (slow speeds).
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:43 AM

"802.11a supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbp", "802.11g supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbps" Taken from the above article. USB 1.1, which was released in September 1998 allowed for a 12 Mbit/s. A mega-bit is 1,000,000 bits a Mega-byte is 8,000,000 bits. What does all this mean? Your USB port is a bottle neck for your internet, get the internal card. :P



Ahhh, thats what I suspected. Thank you. And I suppose that the card would be faster because it interfaces with a PCI slot, rather than the USB port. And this info is not a moment too soon. The adapter that I was using just gave up the ghost in the past 24 hours.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:03 AM

Good timing :thumbup2:
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