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Faster PCI Network Card ?


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#1 USN Vet

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 03:43 AM

System: DELL Dimension 4400 XP/SP3 1.7gHz 768mb RAM CNET PRO200WL pci adapter AT&T DSL connection

I know this thing is old, but is there a faster ethernet PCI adapter that will run with this config ?
I can only go to 1 gig ram, which I will do; just looking for a way to speed up internet.
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 04:57 AM

Unless you have an unusually fast DSL connection (and I have an AT&T DSL connection myself, they ain't breaking no speed records) your current network card is not even breaking a sweat anyway, let alone saturating its 100Mbps maximum throughput. The only real-world situations where you would benefit from having, say, a gigbit LAN card installed would be if your had two computers in your house with gigabit adapters and were transferring a lot of data directly between them, you went out and got some insanely fast (for America) internet connection, or if your PC was acting as an internet gateway for (say) more than 5 other computers.

All that being said, basically any PCI LAN adapter will work with your setup. They aren't unusually demanding with regard to the computer they're installed in and will run you about $10-20. For example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833114004

To actually speed up your internet you would probably need to pay AT&T more money to give you a faster connection.

Edited by Andrew, 02 July 2011 - 05:00 AM.


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Posted 02 July 2011 - 08:34 AM

Thanks for your response.
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 09:35 AM

Have you tried testing your internet speed at a site such as: SpeedTest.net? It will tell you what your actual speed is to see if you are getting the speed your ISP is selling you.

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot you can do from the computer end to speed up you internet connection.
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 01:53 PM

On that model the internet connection itself is the limiting factor in internet speed.

BTW I don't consider Optonline's Ultra internet insanely fast.... 101m

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