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Old 11-15-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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ok, which is better a usb card to put in the computer or an extension usb port that you can mout some where handy on the desk ?
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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I use an external USB hub with four ports - hasn't given me any troubles and much easier than messing with the guts of my computer.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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I use an external USB hub with four ports - hasn't given me any troubles and much easier than messing with the guts of my computer.

thanks, i have been debating which way to go.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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Yup, if you are not going to be using several high bandwidth devices simultaneously, an external hub is the way to go. It's certainly easier to access the ports that way.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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Yup, if you are not going to be using several high bandwidth devices simultaneously, an external hub is the way to go. It's certainly easier to access the ports that way.

well it was either the two usb card or the four usb externial. the only thing i'll be using on it is my camera usb cord and a light. it would just make it easier to have a hub up on the desk.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Make sure you have a powered hub. Some of the older ones were not powered.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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Well, my general thought on these matters is usually that an internal is always better than an external. But I really doubt it would make a difference with a USB hub. However, I'd think the less clutter on the desk, the better.....unless you simply don't have quick easy access to the back of your system.

A lot of new computers have the USB ports in the front now. I have two that are built into the front of my system, and I've had this computer for over 5 years.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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My hub is powered and actually hangs down behind my desk since what's plugged in stays plugged in all the time (and please don't ask me to list what's attached cuz I don't feel up to crawling under my desk to read the cord labels - yes, all my cords have labels, otherwise the spaghetti would be more confusing than ever!)

I have 6 USB ports on my tower: 2 in the front and 4 in the back. All four in the back are used (which includes the cord for the USB external hub). The two ports on the front are useless because Gateway wasn't very brilliant in design: first, the front two are USB 1.0, and second, they're inset so many flash drives don't even fit.

I think my USB external hub has my two external hard drives and my PictureMate printer and I don't know what else - but the hub use doesn't cause any problems with running whatever is plugged into it.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:15 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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the reason i ask is because is that a usb light for me was far far cheaper then a lit up keyboard. it's not that i need more because i have 4 of them already. 2 in the back and 2 in the front. i just want to add it so i can plug in my usb light and my tower is to far for the light. the usb extesion is small enough that i can mount it out of the way so that wouldn't be an issue. and also not to mention that i only have 1 port left open.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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I suppose in your case, then, you should go with the hub. Less hassle for you.
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