Powered USB Hub

  bpzoom 00:45 23 May 2003

700mhz 256mb ram, Win XP Home, AOL8 Broadband
I have two USB ports and use them for the broadband modem and the printer. Can anyone tell me what advantage if any I might get from installing a powered USB hub, and plugging the printer and broadband modem into that.I read somewhere it might improve broadband speed?

  -pops- 05:42 23 May 2003

Printers and modems often do not work very well connected via a USB hub. They work even less well if both are connected via the same hub.

You are better with the setup you have already and if you need more USB ports, buy a USB PCI card which will give you 4 or 5 NEW USB ports.

Do you have a problem with your broadband speed? You can check and compare it if you click here and look top left aand click on "Speed Test".


  bpzoom 09:55 23 May 2003

Thanks POPS, No I find the AOL broadband as fast as I had expected. I will take your advice about the USB hub and printer/modem connection. Thanks again for your help, Brian

  -pops- 11:21 23 May 2003

You're welcome:-))

  The Spires 11:52 23 May 2003

Scan click here do a very nice 5 Port USB internal PCI card for 11.74 inc VAT.

I have fitted four or five recently with out problems. All have been recognized by windows and self installed the drivers. If you have a spare PCI slot you can go wrong.

  The Spires 11:53 23 May 2003

P.S. USB 2.0 card.

  -pops- 11:53 23 May 2003

I use these Scan cards as well!!

  bpzoom 12:57 23 May 2003

The Spires, Thanks for that, when it comes to USB 2.0 I am out of my depth. Don't your peripherals, printers,scanners etc have to be USB 2.0 compatable? I will have to read up on USB 2.0 and get to understand what it is and what the system requirements may be.

  xania 13:42 23 May 2003

For all your USB queries look at click here

Its free, its quick, its good.

Oh yes - and they don't like using Hubs straight off those sockets at the back of trhe motherboard.

  bpzoom 16:37 23 May 2003

Thanks for the USB link Xania, I will read it with interest. Brian

  The Spires 21:04 23 May 2003

All your USB 1.xx gear will work fine with USB 2.0 sockets, it's all backward compatable.

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