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is there such thing as a USB port adapter for adding more ports ?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by jamieuk23, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. jamieuk23

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    Hi I currently only have 2 USB ports on the back of my PC case. But I have 2 external hard drives + a printer + a digital camera. And I am all ways having to pull my PC out and swapping round the wires to use each device.

    Is there such thing as a USB port adapter or something along those lines that would allow me to use 2-3 USB wires in 1 port.

    similar to a double adapter that we use in a normal house hold socket.

    any advice ??

    thanks mate
     
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    There are thousand of USB port replicators and downstream hubs available powered and unpowered depending on what you want to plug in.

    Pop into PC World or buy on line from Dabs etc.
     
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    As above, a simple USB hub is all you need :)

    I bought one of these for my Dad's PC shortly before Christmas - cheap as chips but haven't had any problems with it :)

    Kelvin.
     
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    It is only USB 1 standard so if your hard discs are USB 2 you will limit data transfer to 12 Mbps rather than the theoretical 480 Mbps for USB 2. Assuming your PC can handle USB 2 in the first place.

    It also will mean that you will have to crawl around behind the computer to change leads. It is also unpowered which is not a problem if all the attached equipment has its own power supply but could be if they don't.

    These are not expensive bits of kit but it is worth working out what you need in the future.
     

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