Thursday, November 6, 2014

For Extra Ports, Powered USB Hub or Non-Powered USB Hub?

How many of ports do your current computer offer? We have too many USB based devices, card readers, keyboard, mouse, charging cables for smart phone, tablets or printers, and yet not enough USB ports from our computer. How do you cope with the lack in USB ports? Will you be bored with unplugging something to plug some other electronic gadgets? It’s a trouble sometimes when we need to use multiple gadgets at one time.

If you find yourself in such a situation where there are not enough ports when you try to plug in more devices simultaneously, actually you need USB hubs for more ports. Get an external USB hub that have additional outlets for connecting all of the devices you need to use to the computer.
USB hub

USB hub can solve the problem of lack in USB ports easily. It is a very easy way to add extra ports. USB hubs now come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. How do you know what kind to buy? Powered USB hub is preferred. USB ports from our computer can provide a small amount of power. When we plug in a hub in the computer, the power of the computer actually will get split among multiple ports actually. Some devices need more juice for work while some need less. This means it is possible there is not enough power supply for all the devices on the USB hub. In this case, powered USB hub is ideal choice.

Of course, the decision between the two type of USB hubs depends on your need of power. An non-powered USB hub is better when we have one or two extra USB slots available for uploading a document onto a flash drive or plugging in smart phone that needs to be charged. When we do not use the computer power adapter regularly, its power will soon die out, at a much faster rate when multiple devices are connected. Instead, the powered USB hub can run on its own independent power source.

No matter which one we choose, we need to make sure the USB hub can go well with the USB ports of our computer. USB ports from computer are USB 1.0, USB 1.1, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. The main difference lies in the data transfer speed. The higher the USB port version, the faster the data is. Try to avoid the old types of USB hubs for the slow speed. USB 3.0 USB hub might be much better choice.

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