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- Version 6.0.14865. (31 May, 2023).
- Pricing starts $14 per month billed annually
When buying a hub, consider where you will use it and what devices you plan on connecting through it. If you aim for the maximum mobility of being able to plug a bunch of devices into your laptop wherever you are, then you should opt for a bus-powered hub.
If you work in a more stationary manner with a hub constantly attached to a 5e Ethernet network, it’s wise to opt for a self-powered one. Once in place, you can use it to connect and charge as many devices as it can take without any negative impact on your system. And desktop computer users can seriously consider an expansion card to get more USB ports on their machines, as long as they have plenty of cabling already.
There is no negative side to buying a USB 3 compatible hub. It may cost a little more, but it will be able to handle all USB 2 and USB 3 devices that you have. If your computer only has a USB 2 port, you may want to save a little and go with the USB 2 hub, as you will not be able to take advantage of the advanced features of USB 3.
To successfully implement the hardware method of extending USB to Ethernet, you need to know how to choose the right hardware tool and use it in your setup. You can turn your PC into a USB server or just make a single USB device remotely accessible from other machines in your network — it’s totally up to you to decide.
Once you’ve made up your mind what wires and/or gadgets will work best for you and purchased everything you’re going to need, it’s time for a set-up process. Note that while USB cables and extenders don’t need any drivers, all hubs do, so make sure to download the latest versions from the official brands’ webpages.
If you plan to chain your habs to even more stretch the distance, it’s critical not to have more than 5 in a row. If you do, the whole set-up just won’t be working at all.
And there is one more reason why connecting hubs into a cascade is in no way the best option: the infamous static electricity problem. Any USB port tends to accumulate static electricity and randomly stop working because of it. Thus the whole hub chain will stop working too. You’ll have to unplug every single USB connector you have, then plug them back again after half an hour of waiting. Not to mention that any data that was transmitted through the chain at the moment of hub failure might end up permanently damaged.