What is a Wireless USB Hub?
Wireless USB was created for laptop users allowing the device to go into sleep mode when the connection is not being used. This allows for little to no power being drained from the laptop batteries.
A Wireless hub can also be used on desktop PC's to allow you to connect to your USB peripherals without the wires or the "cable clutter". Once installed, the Wireless hub will eliminate the searching, untangling, and general mix-up associated with the tangle of USB cables on your computer.
Wireless USB gives you the convenience of Plug-and-Play USB connectivity and the benefits of wireless.
What can I use a Wireless USB Hub for?
On both a laptop and desktop you will need a Host adapter that plugs into your existing USB port. The wireless USB hub can be located locally (usually less than 30 feet from the computer).
There are many uses for the wireless hub, you can connect to a variety of devices such as:
– MP3 player,
– external HDD's,
The list can go on, but you can see that this handy little device can be adjustable and end cable clutter!
Technical information on Wireless USB Hub.
Although the wireless USB hub is a simple device to purchase and install, there are some technical considerations:
USB Connector :
The hub should always come with a "USB Type A to mini-B" cable to connect one device to the hub. You will need additional cables if you connect more than one device.
The wireless hub will require a Wireless USB Adapter that is typically sold separately. It plugs into your laptop or desktop.
Maximum number of connections (ports) :
The hub will have a capacity of typically 4 USB devices, but check and make sure it provides enough connections for your devices.
Data Transfer Rate :
Typically the hub will provide a transfer rate up to 10 times WiFi.
Physical size :
Always check the physical size to make sure it will fit in your desired location. Also make sure the "USB Type A to mini-B" cable length is long enough to connect your USB devices to the hub.
The hub require external power and all manufacturers provide a power supply with the hubs. The Wireless Adapter will draw power from the laptop or desktop computer.
Operating System Compatibility :
This is very important, make sure the hub and associated software and drivers is compatible with your operating system.
What to watch out for .
While the USB hubs on the market are compatible with most manufacturers PC's, always confirm that the hub and associated software and drivers are compatible with your system. Also, check for the latest driver update. Manufacturers are constantly updating their software to fix bugs and add features, its free, so take advantage of it. Check the hardware requirements on either Amazons product page or the manufacturer's web site.
Wireless USB hubs are a great addition to any workstation station, especially if using a laptop or if you have numerous USB devices that create "cable clutter."