USB Hub question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Foxer, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Foxer macrumors 65816

    Foxer

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    OK. I've got a couple Belkin USB hubs that I've been using for several years. They predate USB 2 (at least on Macs). I now have a Mac with USB 2 ports, into which these hubs are plugged. Are the Hubs basically just extension cords and allow USB 2 transfer rates, or am I basically handicapping the system?

    Thanks.
     
  2. blitzkrieg79 macrumors 6502

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    From my understanding anything that is USB 1.1 will be backwards compatibile with USB 2.0, however the transfer speed will still be limited to USB 1.1 specifications.

    Here is a link if you are interested: http://www.everythingusb.com/usb2/faq.htm

    Scroll on the bottom of the page, it basically mentions that USB 1.1 hub will work at 1.1 specified speed.
     
  3. mustard macrumors 6502a

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    To use USB 2.0 speeds you have to have:
    USB 2.0 port on your computer (built in, PCI card, or PCMCIA)
    USB 2.0 cable (to the hub and/or to the device)
    USB 2.0 HUB
    USB 2.0 cable (from hub to device)
    USB 2.0 compatible device
     
  4. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    That's right. I bought a usb hub a few months ago and there were specifically 2 different types of hubs out there. USB 1.1 and USB 2 (high-speed). If you want to get the maximum speed out of your usb port you'll need to get a USB 2 compatible hub.
     
  5. mustard macrumors 6502a

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    You also need to remember to have USB 2.0 rated cables
     
  6. Foxer thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, since my USB 2 devices (iPod and my camera) came with cables, I'm going to assume those are USB 2 cables. All my other devices (printer, etc) are USB 1, so that doesn't matter.

    Thanks for the info. Time to spring for a new hub.
     
  7. mustard macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for the confusion - you are right about the iPod & camera.
    I mean the cable running to the hub and printer cables primarily.
     

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