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I have set up Sky Broadband for a family member, everythig went OK. They have a rather old Compaq Laptop, with only 1 USB 1.1 port. They also got a Netgear USB wireless adapter, thats labelled as USB2.0 They sync at 8096 Down, 488 Up, with a down SNR margin of 12, which I thought was pretty good. Speedtests on wired are in the region of 6500-7000. Using the wireless USB stick speedtests are around 2000-2500. I am assuming this is due to the slower throughput of wireless anyway, coupled with the slower speed of USB1.1 when its a USB2 stick. Can anyone confirm or offer advice?? Adapter says its connected at full speed, with Excellent connectivity.
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Registered: 05-04-2007

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to make a quick answer...

AFAIK - if your PC is only supporting USB 1.1 rather than 2.0 then yes, your throughput will be significantly lower, even though you have a USB2.0 dongle fitted.

I've found to my cost that if I tried to sync my pocket pc via a 1.1 port it takes sometimes 3 times as long as opposed to USB2.0

I'm happy to be corrected if anyone else knows different.

maybe the chillypenguin might be able to clarify Wink
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Both the USB1.1 and wireless will slow your connection, compared to hard wired Ethernet.

"Using the wireless USB stick speedtests are around 2000-2500." sounds about right, you may be able to get some more but not much. Even USB2.0 will not guarantee any better speed.

Chilly
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Thanks.

My realtive hasnt even noticed the speed drop, as she is used to dial up, it was me that noticed. If she does, I will try and persuade her to get a better laptop, or a PC Card for wireless.