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Hi all smile.gif.

A few days ago, my place got hit by a lighting strike. I had my pc plugged into a surge protector, but my ethernet port was fried and one my USB ports was killed. I actually heard a crackle from my cable modem when it got hit! eek.gif

I went ahead and picked up a new modem (Docsis 2.0 Motorola Surfboard) and connected it via USB 2.0. It works perfectly fine, but I'm only getting a third of the speeds I was getting before. I already set my DNS server to Open DNS as it was on my previous router.

I contacted my cable company and they said that it's fine on their end, so it must be something with my set up.

Any ideas of what I can do?
Edited by frickfrock999 - 5/30/11 at 11:10am
post #2 of 17
USB is slower than ethernet, that's your problem. You just need to get a NIC. Any should do you fine.

Edit: Your new modem is Docsis 2.0? Was your older one 3.0? You should have just gone with a 3.0.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106121&cm_re=network_card-_-33-106-121-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156107&cm_re=network_card-_-33-156-107-_-Product
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 5/30/11 at 11:08am
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It sounds like there may be nothing you can do without actually replacing parts.

However, next time just get off the grid when a storm comes through (this includes disconnecting the cable line and/or phone lines). Surge suppressors are not able to protect against lightning strikes, so they must be unplugged too.
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post #4 of 17
I would replace everything that was damaged or you think is damaged. Maybe since it is connected via USB: it is not getting full speed is what I would think.
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post #5 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;13687984 
USB is slower than ethernet, that's your problem. You just need to get a NIC.

See, I thought that too, but I'm getting 6 Mbps.
Isn't USB 2.0's bandwidth able to handle more than that?

Also, my old modem was Docsis 2.0.
Edited by frickfrock999 - 5/30/11 at 11:15am
post #6 of 17
Get a NIC. USB can handle more, but it is not optimal by any means for networking at high transfer rates.

Do you have the latest driver installed for you modem and are there any configuration options that could be changed to increase the speed? It has been a long time since I have tried to optimize a usb modem connection. Personal PC's SB Controllers are not very good at handling high bandwidth internet connections. It is less reliable too. I would get a new NIC.
 
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post #7 of 17
Agreed, get yourself a new nic card. Jump into to FS section, i thought i saw someone selling nic cards cheap.
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post #8 of 17
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Alrighty, looks like it's unavoidable.

I'm thinking about getting this one, should work perfectly with my 680i LT.
Anybody used it or should I spring for one of those "gaming" Xeno cards?

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Edited by frickfrock999 - 5/30/11 at 4:18pm
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You'll notice absolutely no difference from a 'gamey' NIC to that.
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post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables;13687987 
It sounds like there may be nothing you can do without actually replacing parts.

However, next time just get off the grid when a storm comes through (this includes disconnecting the cable line and/or phone lines). Surge suppressors are not able to protect against lightning strikes, so they must be unplugged too.

So what's the point of a surge suppressor?
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