I will be reviewing Linksysí 4-port USB Hub. Itís really amazing
how the USB Technology has exploded. At first, everyone said
this thing had no chance due to the small data transfer rate.
Behold, look at all the products currently on the market that
support USB. USB is here is stay. USB will become even more
prominent once USB 2.0 is implemented, since it will have support
for high speed data access. I think weíre taking in the 100-400megabyte/sec
range. That is a great increase over the current standard of
USB and should help to further entrench this technology in our
computers. Now that USB is a big thing people want to be able
to use more than just 2 USB devices with their computer. Since
most motherboards only come with 2-ports that has prompted the
invention of the USB Hub.
USB Hub is simply a device that connects to one of your USB
Ports and offers support for 4 or more, more. By doing this
it greatly expands your ability to use USB devices. For example
if you went out and bought 4-port USB Hubs you would then have
support for 8 USB Devices instead of just two. Pretty cool isnít
it? That is what a lot of people and companies also though.
There are currently tons of USB Hub devices on the market so
there must be people buying them. Linksys is one of those companies
and today I will be evaluation their product.
of the many advantages of USB, is a super easy installation.
You can connect the item to your computer when it is turned
on, and start using it right then, after loading the software.
You can also hot swap USB devices while the computer is on.
This is great if you have tons of USB devices, but a limited
number of USB ports. There are no drivers for the Hub and it
will work with any OS that supports USB (eg. Win 98). If you
were wondering, I had no problems installing this USB Hub. They
have even included an adapter if you donít want to use the Power
from the Power Supply. That is an especially good feature if
you have a small power supply or no more power left on it.