PC too slow for Wireless HS USB internet

September 18, 2011 at 03:10:20
Specs: Windows XP home, Pen. 3, 501MHz, 512MB of Ram
I have a Wireless High Speed Internet connection through my USB port, but my USB port is not fast enough for my Internet connection. Can you tell me how I can fix my problem or were I can go to download the drivers to speed up my USB? Please & Thank You
James baker Sr.

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September 18, 2011 at 03:32:17
You are running an old P3 with only 512mb ram. It has only USB1 ports and you need USB2 to take advantage of USB2 spec devices. There are no drivers or other software solutions.

Whether you can get a USB2 PCI card to run in that old platform would be an interesting exercise but really not worth investing the money.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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September 18, 2011 at 05:02:16
"USB port is not fast enough for my Internet connection. "
why do you think this? because youtube is choppy?


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September 18, 2011 at 11:04:38
Hi James, presume you have a desktop pc.

Please consider:-

a) increasing the memory in your pc to maximum.
use the memory as stated in its manual
old memory is cheap on ebay
this will benefit all operations, not just the internet.

b) presume you have a wireless dongle in your usb port
a usb2 card will greatly increase usb1 port speed by around 40 times
a internal 6 port usb2 card (4 ext + 2 int) is around £5-6 here in the UK
This would be of benefit to any usb device you have
do not use a unpowered (or never a) usb hub

c) if your pc is close to the router, it would be better to use a direct connection
this will be faster (maybe twice usb2) than wifi
it will remove the overhead of running wifi from the pc.
check the router how to direct connect as it may be by network cable not usb

The above is not expensive, and should give very acceptable results.
you might run into a problem with something like skype as processor speed is required in conjunction with the upload speed of your internet connection for transmitted speech.

Please advise back on what you decide.

As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 18, 2011 at 13:04:36
Using a USB 1.x port for a USB wireless networking adapter to connect to the internet is NOT a problem unless the max speed of your internet connection you pay for is MUCH faster than average !

If you're having problems with streaming video or playing a game online, that's because your computer is otherwise inadequate.

XP was NOT meant to be used with a 500mhz computer

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