Choosing a USB Hub

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Choosing a USB Hub? Selecting the perfect USB HUB for you needs can be overwhelming when there are so many.

Number of ports. How many USB ports do you need?

Speed.

Powered and Non-powered USB hubs.

What is the difference between Powered and Non-powered USB hubs?

As the name suggests, the main difference lies in how they draw power.

Powered hubs come with an adapter and plug into the mains. A powered USB hub is also known as a self-powered hub or an active hub.

Unpowered hubs plug into a computer’s USB port and draw power from its battery or internal power supply. An unpowered USB hub is also known as a bus-powered hub or a non-powered hub.

This difference is all-important when it comes to establishing which hub would be most suitable for your devices.

When would you choose a Powered USB hub?

Use a powered USB hub if you need to use several devices at once or devices that operate on higher voltages, such as External hard drives, Printers or Scanners.

When would you choose an Unpowered USB hub?

Unpowered USB hubs take power from the USB port that they are plugged in to. As computer USB ports produce small amounts of current, they are best used to power devices that need only low voltages, such as Flash drives, Game controllers, Keyboards, Mice, Smartphone chargers.


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