Using the USB port for Networking
Modern PCs are now equipped with a new
More information on its usage and available
products can be found at:
USB is supported by Windows95 OSR2.1 and Windows98
(not yet by Windows NT4, it has been
announced for NT5):
It takes (like most other devices) an Interrupt, however the advantage of USB is the possibility to
connect MULTIPLE devices to USB, still using just ONE interrupt,
and to connect devices without having to reboot to have Windows
recognize the new hardware.
Although is it not as fast as an Ethernet Network (USB runs at
1.2 MBit), it makes sense to use it as a network connection.
However, at this time, Microsoft is NOT providing any Network
driver for USB,
such USB Network support is currently only available from other
suppliers (see the list at www.usb.org ), like:
It's a peer to peer network that runs over USB.
You can attach multiple PCs (up to 16).
Current version is 1/3 Ethernet speed ( Sept.
(I have not tested/used this myself, so this
is for your information, not a recommondation)
||A special cable is required for
the USB connection.
Since additional hardware (the special USB-cable) is involved,
is NOT available as Shareware, you need to purchase it ( 89.98
(due to this cost, you need to decide
yourself, whether to use this USB networking or whether to
purchase PC-Card/PCMCIA network cards, which would also allow you
to connect to the company Ethernet network)