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Old 01-05-02, 06:53 PM
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Cable Modem choice question

I'm about 90% sure I'm going to get Cox High Speed internet this month.

I called awhile ago and asked a bunch of questions and they even recommended buying the modem. He recommended the Toshiba PCX1100 and the Motorola SurfBoard 4100.

Now my question is which of these two are better and why and also the Toshiba offers a USB version of the 1100 which doesn't require RJ-45 connections with a NIC. Is there any advantage to this or disadvantage?

Thanks for the advice.
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Do you have other computers in the household? USB has the big disadvantage that you can't as easily plug it into a router and share the internet connection with other computers. (are there routers with USB interfaces?)

edit: also, a NIC is so cheap at this point (
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Here are the specs

It's here! Toshiba's PCX1100U, the latest in the family of PCX Cable Modem products. The "U" in this product stands for USB, the latest hardware technology that eliminates the need for an Ethernet (NIC) Card to connect your cable modem to your computer. Talk about easy installation! You can finally choose between USB or Ethernet on the same modem. You'll even be able to run two computers simultaneously using both ports! USB modems are plug-and-play, with no complicated hardware settings to adjust, no opening up your computer just to get high-speed Internet access. The USB cable (supplied) simply plugs into your USB-capable Windows 98SE/2000/ME computer and your modem. You save up to $100.00 in setup charges by not having to buy the Ethernet Card. Plus, installation becomes less time-consuming and less complex!

From this I suppose the only way is to plug ANOTHER machine in using ANOTHER USB connection. That sux!!!

edit: Another reason I asked is that the USB version is cheaper by about $40 on pricegrabber. Any recommendations on where to purchase. Also toshiba or motorola?

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I think Linksys has a USB router. IMO, the RJ-45 is a better path to go.
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Originally posted by kantonburg
Here are the specs...

You can finally choose between USB or Ethernet on the same modem.
that's interesting. so does that mean it has a built-in router (for 2 computers)?

i still agree with zuffy that RJ-45 would be better, but as long as this modem gets good reviews, i see no problem with having both RJ-45 and USB as choices.
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Usually you can use either the usb or ethernet on the modem. Definitely go with ethernet unless you have no other options. I have heard that usb has problems with latency when there is substained transfers through it, and like the others said you can easily plug a router into it.
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I love my Surfboard 4100 ... and it has both the usb and ethernet option standard.
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Welll been doing a little research, of course

Seems both have gotten good reviews but the Toshiba has had a few complaints. I haven't heard a single negative thing about the Motorola.

The SurfBoard seems to be $149 everywhere so if you guys know of a better deal. Hook me up

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