USB Hub Question

  rawprawn 20:05 08 Mar 2004

I am installing broadband this week and I was short of a USB port, so I went & bought a 4 port hub. The guy in the shop said I needed a powered hub connected to the mains, & I bought a Belkin USB 2 4 port hub which I have plugged in. All works well but do I really need it to be plugged into the main electricity supply to keep the broadband modem happy?.

  Big Elf 20:17 08 Mar 2004

This is only based on what I've read in other threads and I have no practical experience. You need the power and it is better to connect the modem via a direct port on the PC rather than a (powered) hub. However you will only need USB 1.1.

  slimbo51 20:25 08 Mar 2004

Far better if u can connect using an Ethernet card.

Don't know if ur system will allow this or not, but it seems to be much more stable than usb.

  Paranoid Android 20:26 08 Mar 2004

It depends on the current. If you are using only one or two low current devices, you can get away without power. Otherwise, plug it in.

You will also find it more reliable at regognising devices with the power connected.


  rawprawn 21:25 08 Mar 2004

Thanks for your replies,I don't know about ethernet, but I think that the answer is to plug it in. I can connect direct to the pc so if I have any trouble I will try it tht way. Thanks again.

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