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Last week my old cable modem provided by Roadrunner died and they gave me a replacement. This modem is a motorola and it can be connected to the computer via lan or usb. I went ahead and connected with the usb connection and it works fine.

But with too much time on my hands I wondered if one connection was more beneficial than the other? Today's computers come with both built-in lan and usb so one question I had was this: Does one use less computer resources than the other?

So which is better to use? Or it doesn't even matter...
 

Kevin P

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I believe the Ethernet jack is faster, but it might not be an issue at the speed cable companies give you. Try both and see which works better.

KJP
 

Mike LS

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It does depend on your cable speed, but using the USB connection can strangle your connection. If you've got both types available, I'd use the ethernet.
 

Camp

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there may be a small hit to your system resources using USB too. Nothing worth mentioning when browsing the web but it may have an impact when playing games online.
 

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