USB Hubs. Evil, or salvation of the world?

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ef37a wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 1:48 am I do not think that Amazon device is a docking station as they are generally thought of James?

With the advent of Thunderbolt docking stations have changed. The Thunderbolt connection is PCI-E brought out to a connector so you don't need that big multiway connector any more because you have direct access to the computer's internal expansion bus.
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James Perrett wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 12:24 pm
ef37a wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 1:48 am I do not think that Amazon device is a docking station as they are generally thought of James?

With the advent of Thunderbolt docking stations have changed. The Thunderbolt connection is PCI-E brought out to a connector so you don't need that big multiway connector any more because you have direct access to the computer's internal expansion bus.

Looking at more pictures I can see what you mean James. Pity they did not design it to go under the laptop? You have nearly as much desk space to find again as the computer.

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I think the one that I linked to on Amazon is designed to sit under the back of the laptop so that it operates at a very slight angle. The Dell ones for the current version of the laptop that I use are just boxes that sit behind the computer.
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Re: USB Hubs. Evil, or salvation of the world?

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Unpowered USB hubs cannot be in spec regarding power and voltage when multiple high power devices are used. With the drop in voltage, the device might not work.

Powered USB hubs can maintain full power and voltage for all of devices connected.

Some folks use a USB coffee pot! Try plugging those into your unpowered hub.

I have an old Lexicon audio interface that draws all of its power from USB. It is very convenient as a portable interface. But it does not work in a USB hub.
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I actually had terrible trouble with my scarlett 18/20. The USB connection kept dropping out (It had been plugged into PC directly, which was advised). Windows kept thinking the USB port was not being used.
I eventually got it to work buy plugging into a USB hub with other devices instead. Works perfectly now.
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Re: USB Hubs. Evil, or salvation of the world?

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cooneyblue wrote: Wed Jun 15, 2022 4:31 pm I actually had terrible trouble with my scarlett 18/20. The USB connection kept dropping out (It had been plugged into PC directly, which was advised). Windows kept thinking the USB port was not being used.
I eventually got it to work buy plugging into a USB hub with other devices instead. Works perfectly now.

Goes to show that accepted wisdom is not always correct :beamup:
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