The 7port Belkin powered hub I bought not so long ago a F5U 027, and now I find from a feedback on Amazon that it's an old one and no firmware/drivers are available any more.
I'm trying to find where I bought it and I see they are still on sale, just shows when you buy on price, but seeing it was Belkin Ithought it would be O.K.
Now my PC doesn't recognise several, not all, items I plug into it.
Anyway, water under Staines upon Thames bridge, what is the consensus for a good large hub, I have USB3 as well as USB2 to plug it in to, whether that makes any difference I no know.
I have a large need, sometimes temporary, to plug in phones, cameras, card reader, etc as well as normal printer scanner, several hard drives, burners etc, etc , but these go direct onto other PC outlets. and I like to dedicate a seperate USB socket to each and not keep plugging and unplugging.
I use a simple cheap powered hub for the occasion USB 2 plugins,the more permanent, printers and the like are connected directly to the PC and any USB 3 items are again connected directly to the PC when needed.
What you are saying Fruit Bat is that it's the item I am plugging in that needs the driver? Do I understand you correctly?
In the last instance it was a car analyser, that had a CD with it but wouldn't accept it when plugged in, but then was OK when I used one of the PC mounted ports.
As for the USB3, I only have one of these ports and wondered if using that to feed a lot of USB2 outlets would be of benefit. But as you infer, the system runs at the lowest speed link.
Chronus, I want to do exactly as you outlined, the main uses, printers/scanner etc are plugged directly in but I have a christmas tree of other leads plugged into the USB hub, each one labelled with its use and appropriate end plug, Mini USB, Micro USB square USB etc.
these take cameras, phone, external hard drives (three) Cd/DVD burner, one external one internal.
Maybe I should put another bank of USB ports on an internal slot.
Anyway when I buy the next hub, what are the suggestions? Belkin again but more recent?
I have six cables all for various gadgets, and a 7 port hub that currently has nothing plugged, I plug in the gadget as an when I need to.
I have something similar to this, Cable tidy which does what it says on the tin, then when I need to connect external drive or camera etc I take the required cable from the tidy thingy and plug it in to my cheapo powered 7 port hub. Works for me with Windows 7.
As Fruit Bat says the hub does not need a driver, if you should use a PCi card then you might need one. But adding a PCI card to give you extra ports means either you have to fumble behind the PC every time you want to plug something in or you have the cables connected permanently waiting for the time you need to connect a camera etc to the PC.