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Best USB 2.0 Hub

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by l8nighter, Jan 11, 2006.

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  1. l8nighter

    l8nighter Thread Starter

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    I had almost decided to purchase a Belkin TetraHub USB 2.0 4-Port Hub (pt. # F5U231) when I found several reviews stating that there was a problem with the device overheating. I e-mailed Belkin to see if the problem had been corrected. They responded stating that the problem was resolved.

    While I was waiting for the answer, I became interested in the Belkin Hi-Speed 2.0 7-Port Hub (pt. # F5U237). I have not found any negative comments about this one and there is still some doubt in my mind about the F5U231.

    Which of these should I purchase, disregarding the extra three ports on the second one.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    My view on USB hubs is they're basically "cannon fodder" at the prices they sell for. If I have a problem with one, I pitch it. I've never used either of those units, so I can't say if they'd be connected to my system or living in my trash can. :D

    One alternative I can suggest. If you are considering this for a desktop machine, I'd also consider a USB 2.0 PCI card instead of a hub. Some USB devices have problems when connected to a hub, so you can expand your USB ports with the expansion board and have direct connections to the USB controller. If you go that route, consider one with a NEC controller chip, since that's the one I've never had any problems with. Here's one for $8.99 + $5.99 shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815124008
     
  3. l8nighter

    l8nighter Thread Starter

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    I have already installed a USB 2.0 PCI card. I will have a Photo Printer, Scanner and a couple of PDA's about 16 - 18 feet from from my computer. That is why I need a cable and hub.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You can install two USB cards, no problem. :) You can also just pick up a longer cable or an extension...
     
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