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Windows 7: Extra USB Port Extenders


06 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Extra USB Port Extenders

Hello,

Amazing how fast one uses up the USB Ports supplied in the desktop PC.
Am trying to only use the ones in the back, as it gets messy if I also use the two on the front.

Have an external powered 4-Port hub that I purchased, and am using that also.

Seems like I need another one or two spigots.

Question: If I get another powered external 4-Port extender, can this be plugged into a port on the existing extra Port extender I already have, or must it only be plugged into one of the USB ports in the back of the PC ?

Does it matter at all, and the PC will recognize it either way ?

Thanks,
Bob

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06 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

You should be able to plug right into your existing USB hub rather than going all the way back to the PC...
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06 Jan 2010   #3

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

^Yes agreed, but I wonder if power draw is a problem?
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06 Jan 2010   #4

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Theoretically the limit on daisy chaining USB devices is 127 per port...
However i wouldn't recommend it.
Why not add a USB PCI card ? ?
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06 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
From OP:

Hi,

How many Ports would this provide ?

Frankly, I am not too sure about installing one; if I can or not.

I have a new HP PC, and I have never in my life (retired Engr.) seen such a mess of wiring like what's inside this new HP desktop.
Really denotes what sloppy and non-professional mean.
A real disgrace.
No wiring harness, or even a few tie-wraps to neaten things up

Would hate to have to try and move wires around to install the card.
Hard to believe that I could do it without messing something up by moving a wire, disrupting a connector, etc.

Thoughts ?

Thanks for help,
Bob
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06 Jan 2010   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Instead of daisy chaining another hub, why not just get a 7 port hub instead? That way you would have 3 additional ports, and keep things somewhat tidier.
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06 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

check your pci slots that you have open on the back or your PC. You should have 1 or 2 empty slots available. Go to your local retail store...ie...walmart and pick one up for $20 or less. Install it into one of the empty slots. That easy.
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06 Jan 2010   #8

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

And to answer your other question it will add 4 or 6 Ports...plus 1 Bluetooth...dependin on which card you choose...
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06 Jan 2010   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
Theoretically the limit on daisy chaining USB devices is 127 per port...
However i wouldn't recommend it.
Why not add a USB PCI card ? ?

Doesn't sound like the OP will be anywhere near 127. A PCI card will just lead him back under his desk where he doesn't want to go.
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07 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Power draw shouldn't be a problem if the hubs are self-powered (most are).
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