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Confusion With Usb


FPCH New Member
Feb 6, 2007
Hi, my pc has USB 1.0 ports. I have bought a wireless ready laptop, and a router to connect to my desktop pc and modem. Anyway, my desktop pc does not have an ethernet port - so I've been advised to get a USB ethernet adaptor to go in one of my usb ports. Since my usb ports are usb 1.0 - what adaptor could I get that would run ok ? Also, I will then need to purchase a USB hub device, as I will have no spare USB ports left for camera/mp3 player etc - it seems that all hubs are USB 2 - can you connect these to a USB 1 port ? I am confused and frustrated, and don't have a huge budget ! I look forward to some straightforward advice. I'm recovering from a major operation, and can't drive and go anywhere to ask for advice face to face, or take my pc anyway, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.


FPCH Member
Jan 21, 2006
Telford, UK
The advice you have been given is silly because it leads to further complications. The best solution is to buy and fit an internal Ethernet card. They are extremely cheap now, less than £5 in a lot of places and fitting them is simple.

You just turn off your computer and ground yourself on something metal to prevent static electricity build-up. Then unscrew the side of your computer case to gain access to its main internal area over the motherboard. You might need to remove one of the expansion card blanking plates. Then just slot the card in until it clicks into place. Screw everything back together, plug in your computer and fire it up.

Windows should pick up the network card very quickly and without much fuss. You might need to put in a driver disk supplied with the card, but this is unusual with such a basic bit of kit.

You can buy one from Ebuyer or one from Dabs.com. Both come to roughly the same price, which is about £10 including delivery; the actual cards are about £5 but the delivery unfortunately doubles the total cost.