Manufacturer: Analog Devices, Inc (ADI)
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 5.84 MB
Operating System: Networks and modems
Latest Version / Release Date: 184.108.40.206 / 28 Sep 2003
An ADSL LAN Adapter is a device that allows computers to communicate or may be used to connect to the internet via a fixed telephone line or via standalone USB devices via wireless technology. These USB devices are an ideal for users who travel frequently or mostly use portable devices to connect to the internet or for users who have no fixed telephone lines or whose geographical positioning doesn't allow for setting up of fixed telephone lines. Like their fixed line counterparts, these USB devices are usable for networking purposes and depending on the users requirements there are several available packages to suit specific user needs. Speeds provided by ADSL modems are generally at par with their fixed line counterparts but just like the latter have some limitations of their own.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
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Advantages of USB ADSL LAN Adapters over their fixed line counterparts include portability in that users with portable devices are able to connect to the internet from wherever and whenever as long as there is a point of connection in the vicinity. Secondly the fixed line connections may be prone to cable vandalism as well as natural acts of God which might cause sometimes extensive or irreparable damage and which may in turn result in companies incurring heavy losses in their line of business. Also due to major advances in technology users are now able to create a wireless network using these USB ADSL LAN Adapters. Further there is an increase in manufacture of plug and play devices most of which are USB ADSL LAN Adapters thereby doing away with the cumbersomeness of having to install drivers for these devices as manufacturers of operating systems are increasingly installing generic drivers along with their applications and so users are able to just plug-and-play their modems. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and USB ADSL LAN Adapter errors before installing any driver updates.