How USB Hubs Work

The universal serial bus or USB is one of the computer world’s most awesome inventions to date. For one thing, it makes life so much easier for computer users all over the world. But do not be mistaken, since this very convenient piece of wonder is not as simple as it looks, not if we really narrow down our question as to how it works.

The USB or flash drive is often identified with extra storage capacity. But in some instances, the USB’s storage capacity has so much more in capacity than low-end operating systems. In the computer or laptop, the USB devices like printers, mice, keyboards (i.e. keyboard 2.0) and extra flash drives for memory are attached to the hub. These hubs are often built-in contraptions on the desktop or laptop computer that allow us to insert the USB devices.

The thing about built-in USB hubs on computers is that they are too few. So developers decided to create the portable USB hub that can accept up to 127 USB devices all at the same time! Few people would actually need that many flash drives working at the same time, but this just goes to show how much connectivity is now made available for computer users thanks to these newly-created USB hubs.

Essentially, these USB hubs are some form of welcoming committee that helps the computer to immediately detect the devices being attached to them for immediate use.  A USB hub does the ambassador’s work for your USB devices: it tells the computer what needs to be done in order to operate the device effectively, and this will be done simultaneously with all the USB devices plugged into the USB hub, no matter how many they are. Of course, if you were going to maximize your USB hub and fill it with every device, you would really need to have a computer with a huge RAM or capacity to make them all work well.

Prior to the invention of USB hubs, computers needed to be manually programmed for every device that you used with them. With the influx of increasing computer operations and accessories, this is no longer practical for use. With the USB hubs, you just need a cable or two, or in the case of the portable USB hub, an extra extension cable.  In case the computer still is not able to detect your device from the USB hub, you can readily get the drivers or tools online to be able to make it work. It is so much unlike in years past where one had to manually get drivers installed onto less competent storage devices, and then the tendency was that the system would hang or refuse to operate on other applications while the installation of new drivers was in progress.

USB hubs are generally hinged to wired connections. Wireless varieties are still to arrive in the future. But at the moment, everyone truly enjoys the benefits of the increased speed with which USB hubs enable computer users like you to enjoy your devices without having to be bogged down by the hassles of manual installations that may take forever to get finished for every upgrade that a computer requires.


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