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Are usb to ethernet adapters reliable?

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Well the ethernet port on my laptop is shot, and I'm too far away from my router so I was thinking of getting some usb to ethernet adapter and running a long wire. Will I lose out on any speed? Will it be just as reliable as a real ethernet port? Something like this
Edited by venomblade - 4/23/12 at 5:13pm
post #2 of 19
I've been forced to use these in the past to do updates on machines that have no Ethernet or dead Ethernet ports.
I've never had any connection issues. The only problem I've had is driver issues, after plugging the device in and having the drivers installed(normally automatically), I have to unplug the device, and then replug it back in to get detected properly.

Besides that, I've transferred GB's of data over a network without a hitch. The USB to Ethernet connector I was using was about 7 years old. In terms of speed, I guess that would depend on the model you are using. Mine was a 10/100 Ethernet adapter, and so is the one you linked.
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USB 2.0 has enough bandwidth for 10/100, which will be greater than your WAN connection is.
You'd only lose speed if you used to use gigabit for LAN transfers on both ends.
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could get a usb 3 one ifyou wanted more speed but as beers said its the WAN side that will be your speed limit smile.gif

When you say shot how bad shot? it could be as easy as a pi a bit pent in the port and easy to fix smile.gif
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could get a usb 3 one ifyou wanted more speed but as beers said its the WAN side that will be your speed limit smile.gif
When you say shot how bad shot? it could be as easy as a pi a bit pent in the port and easy to fix smile.gif

Well, I've no clue what a "pi a bit pent" is so fixing this might be out of my reach lol. Not sure what's wrong with it, but I just turned on the laptop one day and it says no cable is connected no matter what I connect to it now.
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Sorry *pin a bit bent* i realy should read over my posts ...

Hmm was the laptop dropped at all the port could have come a bit loose
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Sorry *pin a bit bent* i realy should read over my posts ...
Hmm was the laptop dropped at all the port could have come a bit loose

Nope, laptop was never moved :/. Just stopped working one day when I turned it on. This pic prob doesn't help much at all, it was hard to get a clear shot. But here's what it looks like

http://i.imgur.com/BgIZn.jpg
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Have you ruled out the ethernet cable as the cause of the problem?
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Have you ruled out the ethernet cable as the cause of the problem?

Tried at least 5 different wires, so yea, unfortunately.
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Run a Linux Live disc like Ubuntu or Mint. See if you have an active NIC connection in the OS. That will determine if you have a bad NIC or not.
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