Which Broadband Interface?

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by stuy_b, Sep 18, 2002.

  1. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    Yeehaw.. finally my local telephone company has released broadband, which Im getting connected this Friday (20th sept). I can finally get rid of this shi*e! AOL software.

    Funnily enough I will be paying the same price s I am for AOL, but for broadband! cool :D

    OK my question is this.. In all the bumf (literature) that came about broadband it says I can either have a NIC card fitted or USB connection.

    Im kinda thinking going with the USB option, should I ??

    Yes, I have spare USB port, yes my other USB devices work A-OK.

    TIA
     
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    is up to u really, not going to see any difference in speed with either with just broadband.

    :cool:
     
  3. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    doesnt matter either way. Last I heard there were some problems with the Alcatel SpeedTouch USB (the blue stingray thing) something about software or firmware versions.
    If you go with a USB one, but not the SpeedTouch USB then you need to make sure that it supports G.DMT, PPPoA.

    For the UK goto http://www.dslsource.co.uk <- you can read info about the different pieces of ADSL hardware that will work in the UK.

    Not all ADSL Hardware works in the UK it has to be PPPoA, there are quite a few that are PPPoE only. I think this is due to the normal protocol in the US being PPPoE, I am not sure about the rest of Europe.
     
  4. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    I have a Belkin USB nic interface on one of my machines. It seems to do OK.
     
  5. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    Thanks guys. :D
     
  6. dijital

    dijital Guest

    i just use a pci nic card, i'd rather keep my usb ports open for something more important.
     
  7. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    wtf is more important than an Internet connection on a computer?

    :cool:
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    You mean they actually come without ? :p
     
  9. dabomb

    dabomb Moderator

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    thats why you get a computer with 6 usb 2.0 ports :p
     
  10. Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa Stranger Than Kindness Political User

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    I dont sujest using USB, i do, and i'm not really seticfied with it.
    if you have a choise, then dont.
     
  11. Lukas

    Lukas Real Name No Gimmicks

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    I used to work @ an ISP's helpdesk. Back then the ISP sold only Alcatel's equipment. The modem that gave the least problems was the ALcatel Speedtouch Home connected to a NIC. There were some issues with the Speedtouch USB on Windows 2000 and 95 with USB support, but the worse modem was the SpeedTouch Internal PCI modem.

    That's just my first hand experience with dsl modems.

    Hope that helps

    Greetz
    Lukas
     
  12. paul2-0-0-2

    paul2-0-0-2 Moderator

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    The 1 that come's with Telewest broadband rule's cause my mate's BT adsl is slow compared to mine and my other who has freeerve broadband is the same has BT and Telewest is the best Broadband out so far

    these is the 1 i got with Telewest,Blueyonder lol

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Some of the SURFboard SB4100 External Cable Modem features are:


    DOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1 CableLabs® Certified
    USB network connectivity; 10/100BaseT Ethernet (auto-sensing)
    Front panel standby button for enhanced security
    Up to a 100 times faster than a 28.8k analog phone modem*
    Supports up to 32 users (1 via USB and up to 31 via Ethernet)
    Front panel LEDs for easy troubleshooting
    Internal power supply
    Utilizes Broadcom BCM3350 chip
    5x faster processor to handle QoS (Quality of Service) and advanced IP filtering
    Remote management via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)
     
  13. chris

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    I have a motorola SB4100 connected through a USB port. In over a year it hasn't let me down, my ISP has, but the modem has been fine. The fact I get twice the speed that I pay for makes me think I shouldnt change it =)
     
  14. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Pffft, bandwidth hawg :p
     
  15. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    Hey if they want to double my speed I'm not gonna tell them about it :p I'll just sit here and cain down some isos and movies =)
     
  16. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I'll damn tell em!!!
    well i wont, but i could, which is the point :p
     
  17. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    Pfffttt... and to think of what I have downloaded for you!!

    I bite my thumb at you.
     
  18. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    YOU BITE YOURE THUMB AT ME SIR!??!?!?!??!

    I can't think of anything you've ever downloaded for me!
    I rely on my trusty 56k :p
    /me runs orf
     
  19. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    COFF Mandrake COFF Gabber (Oke.. you never actually got the files but they were there dag nammit!) COFF
     
  20. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    pah, i dis-own mandrake because its not k-rad enough :p :p :p
    And i'd forgot about them thar gabber, where they on the HD oli has now ?