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  increasing my USB ports. 
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trig79 Aug 26, 2006, 08:22am EDT Report Abuse
i am needing to increase the number of my USB ports. would it be better to buy and external or an internal USB hub???

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brian pope Aug 26, 2006, 09:05am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: increasing my USB ports.
An external powered USB2.0 hub all the way, that way your not putting further demands on your PC's power supply.

I have two of these

Here's some others

john albrich Aug 26, 2006, 02:22pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: increasing my USB ports.
He might be using external devices that provide their own power, so the actual power demand on the PSU might not be that much.

If he uses an internal card, he's looking at a possible max of 500mA * 5V = 2.5W per port, plus the power for the card itself, plus factor in a bit for inefficiencies. For a 4 port USB card, he's probably looking at about a 15W maximum increase in demand on the PSU.

If he plans to use mulitple high-bandwidth USB devices simultaneously, he'll probably see better throughput using an internal card.

Using an external port does provide some flexibility, plus it leaves a slot free for other fun things.

LEntless May 07, 2010, 07:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: increasing my USB ports.
Four year old thread. :D

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