Recommend a USB 2.0 Hub?

  Muckleface 17:52 28 Nov 2003


I'm looking to buy a USB 2.0 Hub for my PC, easy I thought, but Ive been reading that some USB devices are "power hungry" and will only work using a mains powered USB hub!?

The device I have to conect to USB ports are...

An internal HDD/Optical Drive (using a USB to IDE adapter cable)
IrDA Receiver
Digital Camera

I currently have 4 rear USB 2.0 ports, and 2 front ports but Id like to keep the front ones free for quick access such as pen drives, external HDD etc.

Which of the above items would need a "powered" USB 2.0 Hub?

And can anyone recommend a good, cheap one?



  jtw 18:20 28 Nov 2003

Look in Aldi.

  Muckleface 18:29 28 Nov 2003

Dont they sell food?!

Anyone else?


  Diodorus Siculus 18:36 28 Nov 2003

From you list, the scanner/printer will need a powered hub (but will work much more smoothly if you run it via a regular USB connection).

Have you thought of a PCI USB2 card which you can install very easily? You will likely need a PSU of about 350w minimum.

PS Aldi do sometimes have PC components at a good price.

  Muckleface 18:39 28 Nov 2003

Doh! How stupid am I! I never thought about putting in a PCI card!

My PSU is 450W so it should be Ok, so its the best option all round!

Thank you for opening my eyes Diodorus Siculus!


  jtw 18:43 28 Nov 2003

Aldi powered usb2 hub 4 port about £10. Without food.

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