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Hey guys, being a computer geek I need a lot of USB ports so I was wondering what is the best USB hub?

asked Nov 16 '10 at 11:45

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I've been looking forward to getting one of those usb hub fans.

(Nov 16 '10 at 19:31) zman zman's gravatar image

For me, I would use the USB ports that come on an external monitor (like the Apple 27" Cinema display or others from various companies). The Cinema display provides power to the USB ports all of the time, not just when the monitor is on. That's why I'd choose the one in my external monitor, but since I don't use too many USB ports at one time, I don't need more, and I never bothered looking up more information regarding this topic, so I'm not the best source for information.

answered Nov 16 '10 at 11:52

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Well I dont have a monitor with USB ports

(Nov 16 '10 at 11:59) williamgeorgegardner williamgeorgegardner's gravatar image

On the internet (i have seen them on ebay and do not know if you can get them any were else) you can get a 10 port usb hub (this is not bus powered, it is externally powered) that looks ok and at a good price. Take a look: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-PORT-USB-HUB-2-0-High-Speed-UK-AC-Power-Adapter-/260726988676?pt=UK_Computing_LaptopAccess_RL&hash=item3cb48a1f84#ht_3193wt_905 That link takes you to one that has a UK power plug, if you are not in the UK then you will need to do some ebay searching to find one that will work with your electrical system. Your location is not included on your profile so i can not find one for your electrical system as i do not know what country you are in.

answered Jul 21 '11 at 18:36

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the usb ubs are all the same its usb , just pic one that have lots of ports.

answered Jul 21 '11 at 18:44

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If you have more than 4 ports of you will use items that use a lot of power then you need to make sure you have one that is not bus powered as a bus powered usb hub will split the usb ports voltage between all of the items connected and there may not be enough voltage to run items if you have too many items connected to one bus powered hub so there for if you have more that 4 ports on the hub or will use items that use a lot of power then you will need an hub that has an external power source.

(Jul 21 '11 at 18:47) chcnorris29 chcnorris29's gravatar image

oh i see. didn't know about it.

(Jul 21 '11 at 18:58) d4ni3e d4ni3e's gravatar image

but for example if i have 4 ports on the computer and i connect 4 usb hub it all full it flash drives and other stuff to them that can create problems on the computer?

(Jul 21 '11 at 19:00) d4ni3e d4ni3e's gravatar image
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each usb port on the computer has its own voltage which is at about 5 volts but this can change at times due to a number of factors. If you put one item in to each of the computers built in ports then you should be ok and if you were to have one item in each of the usb ports on a hub and that connected to one of the computers ports then you should also be ok with most items such as flash drives and most usb items as there are not that many items connected to one port and they do not need that much current to power them however some items will not work connected to a port on a usb hub if other items are also connected to the hub as some items need to use the whole voltage of the usb port and there for as there are multiple items sharing the voltage then the item would not be able to use the whole voltage of the port but with flash drives you should be ok power wise to connect 4 flash drives to a hub and 4 hubs to the computer but the os may not like having this amount of usb items but on the other hand i have never had a problem with the os not liking having multiple items connected to one port if you try this with hubs and flash drives then it is at your own risk... The big problem come when you have one of the computers usb ports connected to a hub that has lots of ports or usb hubs daisy chained together as then there is not enough voltage to run the items unless the hub has an external power source.

(Jul 21 '11 at 19:12) chcnorris29 chcnorris29's gravatar image

hmm, thanks for explain.

(Jul 21 '11 at 19:18) d4ni3e d4ni3e's gravatar image

no problem... any other question to do with tech just ask...

(Jul 21 '11 at 19:22) chcnorris29 chcnorris29's gravatar image
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If your really looking for power, try this one: http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/usb-gadgets/cef0/.

Although, if you're using it to transfer data I'm sure there's going to be some serious bottle-necking.

answered Jul 22 '11 at 00:17

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