What is a wireless USB hub and how does it work?
A Wi-Fi USB hub or USB sharing station is hardware that helps with sharing USB devices across the Wi-Fi network among different users.
Wireless USB hubs work by creating a USB to Wi-Fi bridge, meaning that they transfer the signals coming from the connected USB devices into data that other devices on the network can accept and read.
⚠️The drawback to using a Wi-Fi USB hub is that devices connected to the hub must be connected directly via a USB cable. The “wireless” aspect in the name of the hub refers only to its ability to connect to the computer over a Wi-Fi network.
The hub can be equipped with an adapter kit for connecting to computers without a Wi-Fi adapter.
To avoid low latency, the device must be within the range of the router and the signal must be sufficiently stable.
In terms of range, the wireless USB Hub will transfer up to 480 Mbps within 10 feet, while after about 10 feet, the data transfer rate will be 110 Mbps.
The most common type of USB hub is USB 2.0, which provides data transfer rates up to 480Mb/s. USB3.0 is much faster, up to 4.8Gb/s. USB hubs come in different sizes, allowing you to connect a different number of devices. They usually have from 2 to 6 USB ports.
Most often, a USB Hub is used for wireless connection to a computer of such devices as webcams, printers, external hard drives, cameras, etc. However, the wireless USB hub is not very useful for gaming. It will be more practical to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse straightaway.