From Netgear's web site:
NETGEAR FA120 USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 Ethernet Adapter. USB 2.0 technology can transfer data at a rate of up to 480 Mbps, 40 times faster than the 12 Mbps maximum throughput rate of USB 1.1 technology.
The FA120, which further strengthens NETGEAR’s award-winning portfolio of wireless, Gigabit, Ethernet and USB adapters, enables users to access the Ethernet network at the full 100 Mbps maximum of 10/100 Ethernet connectivity by removing the bottleneck created by the older USB 1.1 technology. The FA120 enables network connectivity at up to 10 times faster than USB 1.1 through the hot-swappable USB port of a USB 2.0-capable PC to provide home and SOHO users with an easy-to-install, portable, high-performance Ethernet networking solution.
"As the availability of bandwidth becomes increasingly important in both home and business applications, USB 2.0 technology will experience tremendous growth through 2006," stated Brian O’Rourke, senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "The introduction of NETGEAR’s new USB Ethernet Adapter will serve to further drive the adoption of USB 2.0 by providing an adapter that brings high-speed networking to a new level of simplicity."
"With the launch of the FA120, NETGEAR is demonstrating its dedication to the networking needs of today’s home and growing business sectors," stated Patrick Lo, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NETGEAR. "By incorporating the ultra-fast data transfer speeds of USB 2.0 into a hot-swappable, low-cost networking adapter, NETGEAR is once again making networking even easier by leading the industry in the introduction of an innovative, flexible, high-performance, easy-to-use networking solution."
The NETGEAR FA120 USB 2.0 Ethernet Adapter is compatible with IEEE 802.3i 10BASE-T Ethernet and IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet standards and supports Microsoft Windows® 98, ME, 2000 and XP.