Originally Posted by Macvault
Anyone know of a USB2 or Firewire-to-Gigibit Ethernet adapter? My iBook has only 10/100Mbps ethernet. Since the iBook NIC is not upgradable I'd like to get as close to Gigabit as possible.
I have found a USB to Gigabit at Fry's, but can't find Firewire.
My USB is screwed up on this comp and only runs at 1.0 speed.
It has firewire though, so I'd love to find an adapter.If anybody finds one, pleeeese reply.
And yes, it will help if you save movie files and such, like 350MB each, etc.
USB2 is 480Mbps and Gigabit is 1000. The fastest hard drive around can sustain about 100MBps (800Mbps - notice the cap B, that's bytes, b is bits).
So, do the math.
You'll never need the full 1000 unless you've got 2+ comps accessing at the same time.
Most people are just home networks with just them using 1 of mulitiple comps at a time, so most people are fine.
Caveat, USB is a POS standard and should have never gotten past 1.0, if that.
The Firewire std was available at 400 and 800 before USB2 was released and it's way better, especially for large files, and for alot of other reasons I won't go into. You can thank M$ and Intel for saddling us with the crap choice as usual.
Conversely, USB is TERRIBLE at large files. So, that 480 is more like publicity than fact.
Your exp is as good as mine as to what you actually get realworld.
So far, I haven't clocked it for various file sizes.
If anybody has, let us know!