Originally Posted by fharris770
I already have a powered usb hub. Seems like about 50% of what I want to plug in will not work with the hub. In my research, I read somewhere that the hub shared a single port (subject to slow down as well as power drain)while a card functioned as 5 separate ports each with enough power to drive most any usb equipment. I'm far from an expert, so I'm open to any advice. I want to add a second printer as well as a wireless keyboard/mouse. I know the second printer will not connect from my hub and neither will the keyboard. I had to pull another piece of equipment and connect the keyboard to one of the usb ports on the back of the CPU.
The only time a USB hub won't have the ability to do what you're asking is if you buy a cheap, unpowered
module (i.e. bus powered) device. The reason for this is when you get an unpowered hub, your devices are trying to get that 5 volts from your motherboard, and it can only go so far. With a powered hub, you're adding the ability for each device to get power from the hub, and not the PC, which increases device stability and usability extensively. Get a powered hub with some real reviews/ratings on it and you'll never notice. We have a multimedia system here at work which has 10 USB 2.0 devices attached to it, 5 of which are on a USB 2.0 powered hub, and it works great. I can go get the maker/model off of it if you need some ideas.