Faster connection?? USB vs. 10/100

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
What is a faster connection?  USB or 10/100 Ethernet?
Question by:al4629740
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    It depends on which version of USB you are talking about. USB 2.0 (which is pretty much the standard now) operates at 480 Mbit/s which is much faster than 10/100 ethernet.
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    While that's true what brakk0 said, there's also gigabit ethernet, which by spec, is more than twice as fast as USB2.  That said, you should keep in mind that all speeds are SPECIFICATION maximums.  Reality is quite different.  You can expect sustained speeds of between 160 and 200 Mbit for USB2 (far below the advertised 480).  Likewise, in networking you can expect 15-50% lower speeds off the spec for protocol overhead, network congestion, and driver efficiency.  More factors come in to play as you go to gigabit because gigabit is FAST and in some cases, faster than other parts of the system.

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