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Old 04-19-2008, 01:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the speed difference between a USB cable and a BT wireless 2.0 usb adapter using it as a modem? I'm tired of the usb cord. I just bought a
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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deja vu.

I don't know the numbers, but the USB cable will be faster, is what I have read around here.

Let us know your experience?
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Old 04-19-2008, 05:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I haven't actually timed it but can't say I see much difference between cable and bluetooth.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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USB 2.0, 480 Mbit/s
Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BT v1.2, 1 Mbit/s
BT v2.0 + EDR, 3Mbit/s
Bluetooth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mbit/s - A megabit per second (abbreviated as Mbit/s or Mbps) is a unit of data transfer rate equal to 1,000,000 bits per second. Because there are 8 bits in a byte, a transfer speed of 8 megabits per second (8 Mbps) is equivalent to 1,000,000 bytes per second (approximately 976 kB/s).
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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well... the existing devices are only 1.5mb/sec transfer. the 8330 is USB 2, and will top out at 60mb/sec via USB.

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According to the two links you gave me, USB gets up to 480Mbit/s & Bluetooth gets 53 - 480 Mbit/s so its about the same. Why are some saying USB is faster?
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Who has used both; USB cable and Bluetooth wireless? What is your opinion on those two. Which do you prefer to use most?
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I've used both. USB is much faster.
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I've used both. USB is much faster.
I have yet to open the Bluetooth box. Should I take it back? Using the USB cable is not that big of a hassel. Are there other uses for the bluetooth beside using it as a modem with my laptop?
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I rarely use bluetooth on my laptop at all. I have a small bluetooth dongle and almost never use it.
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well... the existing devices are only 1.5mb/sec transfer. the 8330 is USB 2, and will top out at 60mb/sec via USB.
it doesnt matter what the max of each technology is. this is what the BlackBerry does.
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Max is sometimes just theoretical but I'll stick to the fact that USB is faster than BT.
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it doesnt matter what the max of each technology is. this is what the BlackBerry does.
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Max is sometimes just theoretical but I'll stick to the fact that USB is faster than BT.
What do YOU use?

It sounds like Bluetooth is just a bunch of hype... I think I wasted $35.

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Well i have both. USB for media, and bluetooth for backup. when i walk into my house all my devices backup to my server. but media is MUCH faster on USB
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I use BT and USB for the modem. BT gives me a max of 400kbs. USB I get 700kbs+.
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USB is still faster for backups, but bluetooth is definitely convenient if you need to make backups often.
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USB is still faster for backups, but bluetooth is definitely convenient if you need to make backups often.
or multiple devices. by the time i could get to my server (the roughly 30ft) more than 1 device has backed up heh
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I use both and don't see any difference between USB and Bluetooth. They both seem pretty fast. I rather use Bluetooth. No cable and I don't even have to take my BB off my belt to log on the net.
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