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USB Hubs

Bring home a Rapoo USB hub that will help you drive productivity and device management through multiple high-speed USB ports. Working with numerous devices becomes more accessible using Rapoo’s USB hub, facilitating quick data transfer, versatile compatibility, and increased efficiency. 

Benefits Of USB Hub

Increased connectivity

The primary advantage of a USB hub is its ability to expand the connectivity options of a computer. It turns a single USB port into multiple ports, allowing users to connect multiple devices simultaneously, such as keyboards, mice, printers, external storage, webcams, and more, opening more ports for connecting.

Effective Device management

Users can organise and manage multiple devices through a single USB port. With a USB hub, users can effortlessly manage numerous peripherals, reducing the hassle of constantly plugging and unplugging devices directly into the limited ports of a computer. This facilitates a more efficient and organised workspace.

Portability

USB ports remove the constraints of connecting a device to a single port. USB hubs offer flexibility in arranging and connecting devices. Portable USB hubs cater to travellers and individuals on the go, enabling them to connect multiple devices to laptops or portable devices.

Enhanced productivity

With the use of USB ports, users can increase user's productivity. By accommodating multiple devices simultaneously,  these hubs contribute to improved productivity and streamlining workflows. They allow seamless integration and interaction between devices.

Types Of USB Hub

Bus-powered USB hubs

The bus-powered hubs draw power from the connected computer and typically offer a limited power output for devices. It's suitable for low-power peripherals like keyboards, mice, and USB flash drives.

Self-powered USB hubs

These hubs have their power source, often through an external power adapter. Self-powered USB hubs can handle power-hungry devices like external hard drives, printers, and high-resolution webcams, distributing power more effectively.

USB-C Hubs

These are specifically designed to expand the availability of USB-C ports. These hubs are compatible with the latest devices and often include various other ports like HDMI, Ethernet, and SD card readers, offering versatile connectivity options.

Desktop USB Hubs

These hubs are usually larger and have more ports. These hubs are ideal for stationary setups where multiple devices need to be connected. They often have additional features like individual power switches, LED indicators, or integrated stands for better organisation.

Portable USB Hubs

Different from stationery and heavy USB hubs, these are designed for on-the-go use. Portable hubs are compact and often don't require an external power supply. They are suitable for travel and connect a few devices to a laptop or other portable devices.

How Does a USB Hub Work?

A USB hub functions as a multi-port connector, expanding the availability of USB ports on a computer. It operates by utilising an internal controller that manages the flow of data between multiple devices and the computer. When a device is connected to the hub, the controller communicates with the computer, enabling data transfer. The hub can draw power from the computer or an external power supply, distributing it among connected devices to facilitate their operation without overloading the computer's USB ports.

Higher-end usb hubs, supporting USB 3.0, 3.1, or 3.2 standards, offer faster data transfer rates, optimising file transfers and device performance. Also Rapoo XD100C and Rapoo XD200C have USB 2.0 & 3.0 Ports. Essentially, the hub serves as a central link, allowing several devices to connect simultaneously to a computer. It is a convenient and efficient solution for managing various peripherals and expanding connectivity options.

How To Choose The Right USB Hub?

USB Standard

Start by choosing a hub compatible with the USB standard required for your devices. USB 3.0 is prevalent for faster data transfer, while USB 2.0 remains functional for standard peripherals.

Number of Ports

Determine the number of ports required. Count the number of devices you want to be connected to. For basic needs, a 4-port hub might suffice, while power users may benefit from 7 or more ports.

Transfer Speed

For devices demanding higher data transfer speeds (like external hard drives or high-resolution webcams), opt for a hub supporting faster speeds, such as USB 3.1 or 3.2.

Design & Portability

Consider the hub's physical design, whether it's compact for travel or has additional features like integrated cables or stands for better organisation. Mainly, look for a port that is compact and can be taken anywhere, making its use versatile.

How To Use a USB Hub?

To use a USB, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the USB hub to your computer.
  2. Wait for your computer to recognise the hub.
  3. Once connected, plug in other devices in your USB hub ports.
  4. Your computer will then recognise these devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a USB hub run multiple devices?

Yes, Rapoo USB Hub is compatible with running multiple devices at the same time, making it highly convenient for the user to connect several devices in the same hub.

What should I look for in a USB hub?

When investing in a USB Hub, always look for one that has the type of USB ports you are looking for. This will make the USB hub multifunctional.

How many ports can a USB hub have?

One USB port is constrained to a maximum of 7 ports due to specification issues.

Do USB hubs limit bandwidth?

Yes, a USB port may limit bandwidth since multiple devices are connected to the same port. Not each port gets equal amounts of bandwidth.

Are USB hubs fast?

All the latest USB ports have USB 3.0 with speeds of 5Gbps, which is the fastest in USB speed available in the market.

Why do USB hubs have switches?

USB hubs may have switches to power off any device without unplugging it from the USB port.

Can a USB hub be overloaded?

Although USB ports have multiple ports, they may get overloaded if you connect too many devices at the same time or even connect to the wrong type of port.