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User Info: AdeonWriter

AdeonWriter
3 years ago#1
I've got a gamepad, headphones, standing microphone, webcam, and two mice, needing a total of 6 USB ports, and my tower only has 4. So I'm going to buy an active USB hub. But will that cause a drop in quality if my gamepad or mic uses it?

User Info: Lemur_H

Lemur_H
3 years ago#2
Just make sure it's powered, probably what you mean by active, and it shouldn't have any issues.

User Info: AdeonWriter

AdeonWriter
3 years ago#3
Yeah, I meant powered. Thanks. I was just questioning how one socket would deal with all the extra data but I guess it's not an issue?

User Info: BDawk2020

BDawk2020
3 years ago#4
Meatballsoup posted...
Yeah, I meant powered. Thanks. I was just questioning how one socket would deal with all the extra data but I guess it's not an issue?


Naw, one port is rated for an absurd amount of devices I believe.
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User Info: reincarnator07

reincarnator07
3 years ago#5
Why 2 mice? Just curious.

Unless you had a couple of external hard drives, I don't think you'll have any problems.
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User Info: LordSeifer

LordSeifer
3 years ago#6
the latency is probably under a 1000th of a second.
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User Info: Treason686

Treason686
3 years ago#7
BDawk2020 posted...
Meatballsoup posted...
Yeah, I meant powered. Thanks. I was just questioning how one socket would deal with all the extra data but I guess it's not an issue?


Naw, one port is rated for an absurd amount of devices I believe.


To clarify, the amount of devices is irrelevant.

The amount of data, however, is not. Don't count on things like flash drives or external hard drives to function at full speed if they're plugged into a hub with several other devices passing data to the USB port as well.

A USB 2.0 port is rated at up to 480MBps, but doesn't really reach those speeds in real world use. In addition, USB 2.0 is only half-duplex, meaning it can only send or receive data. It can't do both at the same time, like 3.0. I'm not sure how a hub will come into play in a half-duplex situation.

Short answer: Input devices won't have any noticeable issues. Devices that do a significant amount of data transfer are better plugged directly into a port.
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User Info: wildog2006

wildog2006
3 years ago#8
BDawk2020 posted...
Meatballsoup posted...
Yeah, I meant powered. Thanks. I was just questioning how one socket would deal with all the extra data but I guess it's not an issue?


Naw, one port is rated for an absurd amount of devices I believe.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB

Up to 127 devices, including hub devices if present, may be connected to a single host controller.


and, no, of course you won't get full performance from all devices connected like that, but it's possilbe.
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User Info: AdeonWriter

AdeonWriter
3 years ago#9
reincarnator07 posted...
Why 2 mice? Just curious.

Unless you had a couple of external hard drives, I don't think you'll have any problems.

One is a standard pointing mouse, the other is a 6 DoF 3D mouse for manipulating the camera in 3D modeling. (It's a 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator) it's a life saver.
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