USB – Universal Serial Bus

USB, or Universal Serial Bus, is a connection port between a computer (which in most cases has the USB port built in) and up to 127 USB-enabled devices, including keyboards, digital cameras and of course USB modems.

USB was developed as a standard by several leading companies and it has several benefits over alternatives such as serial ports and cards:

  • USB is very easy to use – you simply plug in your device and get started. You don’t have to switch the computer off when you want to add a device.
  • USB is fast with speeds of up to 12 meg.
  • Operating systems work well with USB, so installation is straightforward and your operating system should recognise the USB devide next tme you plug it in.

Many broadband providers will include a USB modem free with their broadband packages.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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