USB 1.1 = 12Mbps (1.5 Megabytes / s)
10/100 Ethernet = 100Mbps ( 12.5 Megabytes / s)
Ethernet is by far the fastest of the two, altho i remember reading that USB 2 has a rate of 480 Mbps (60 Mb / s). I don't think your friend needs that much bandwith tho.
PS: keep in mind that the USB bandwith has to be distributed to all USB devices connected to the pc (mouse, keyboard, scanner, digital cam, etc) so Ethernet really is the best option for your friend
Last edited by e0n; 09-19-2003 at 11:18 PM.