The USB Hub- an under rated tool

017When I mention a USB hub to my clients, I often get blank stares, or an expression of intrigue. “What a USB hub?” I’m asked.

A USB hug is that little do-hicky you see in the photo, connected to my tablet- it includes four USB ports so I can plug in things like printers, keyboards, computer mice, cameras, my iPhone charger, and any other USB plug.

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus which is the industry standard for many computer peripherals. You find them on printers, cameras, phone chargers, flash drives and tons of other technology stuff.

The hub enables you to plug in MORE USB stuff on a single USB port. For instance, my tablet has only one port. This would make it otherwise impossible to have a wireless keyboard and mouse plugged in at the same time. This hub, like magic, lets me plug in up to four devices.

Hubs come in many shapes and sizes, but more importantly, they also include even more ports. You can find 4, 8, and even 10 port hubs. You can also ‘daisy chain’ hubs, so you can add up to 127 devices on a single port. Your only drawback would be powering that many devices. But still….that’s impressive, right?

They are also cheap. Mine cost around $5 at an office store. Even the 10 port hub you see in the graphic costs around $24. (click image to buy if interested).

USB plugs look like flat, rectangle shaped plugs. The other end looks different depending on its function such as iPhone cords or printers look very different.

019

The port looks similar to where you’d stick in the memory card of a camera, but fits the cord. It also bears the USB symbol (seen on the plug above photo). My laptop has two ports here;

021

If you want to learn more, or need help with your computer, you can contact me via my web site, learnthepc.net

3 thoughts on “The USB Hub- an under rated tool”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *