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While USB may seem the better, cheaper solution, Ethernet is usually faster and more stable in the long run.

Because USB 1.1 is a 12 megabit connection, when users connect other devices, they quickly consume the 12 megabits. This causes the connection to slow. Other devices also sometimes conflict with the USB-connected modem, creating instability.

Ethernet, on the other hand, is the industry small network standard. A NIC (Network Interface Card) is required. If you don't have one, they usually run $10-$20. Because this is 100 megabits full-duplex, the connection can't be fully saturated by the modem.

If you do decide that USB is the best solution for you, drivers can be found here: Drivers

*This FAQ is based on user knowledge from a volunteer core of BroadbandReports' members. This FAQ in no way constitutes official information from Comcast or any of its affiliates.

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  • Please add USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 to this FAQ! Thanks!

    2013-07-03 19:15:28 (Coelispex See Profile)

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