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We researched and tested hubs with a number of different port layouts, ranging from models with just USB-A ports to those with USB-A plus power pass-through, video output, Ethernet connectors, and SD card slots.

The Satechi hub is 2.4 inches square and less than a quarter inch at its thickest point, making it smaller than the rest of the models in this guide (not needing to accommodate taller ports, such as USB-A, allows it to be this thin). Its 8.75-inch, permanently attached cable feels sturdy and should be long enough that you can position it as needed without it being unwieldy.

Yesterday, I noticed that one of my USB ports is not working. It doesn't matter what you plug into it, the computer does not recognize anything, whether it's a USB stick, a card reader, headphones, or a camera. The USB port next to it runs perfectly fine. So do the other USB ports on the back of the computer, which support the mouse, keyboard, and WiFi.

Interestingly, if you plug in a USB stick that lights up on connection, it lights up just fine. However, I don't hear the "Ding" sound effect that I always hear when connecting things into USB ports. Also, if you go to Windows Explorer, no device shows up for that port.

I'm lost and I don't know what to do. Recently, the port was cleaned using compressed air by a very knowledgeable computer user, who is also employed as some kind of computer support tech guy. The person also cleaned the inside of the desktop with compressed air, including the motherboard. No other problems have occurred since then, except for the USB port not working.

I called the person on the phone, and they believed that water in the air may have gathered inside it. He suggested taking a USB stick that I didn't care about and plugging it into the USB port 20-30 times to see if that would clean out any water. So I unplugged all of the electricity, and slowly and carefully did what he said. However, there was no change.

Replacing the computer is not an option. It was custom built, has high end parts, and cost me a pretty penny. The person that helped me suggested replacing the USB port if it continued not to work. Despite that I built my own desktop computer, I don't know how to replace this particular USB port, because it is built into the case.

However, I do have another question. If, in the end, I can't fix this on my own, can I take my tower to Best Buy and have them fix it? I can't stand the idea of permanetly losing my USB port. And, if yes, how much would something like this cost? Say to replace the port?

how many other USB ports do you have? Certainly Geek Squad can take a look at if for you and I am not 100% on the prices but it may cost you a bit, even though it is something as simple as a USB drive.

The 2 in front, I have always made heavy use of. I often have my drawing tablet plugged into the front with a USB stick that has artwork on it. Lately, I've been using the front ports for a USB headset and a card reader. However, with only one front USB port working, that seriously messes up my usual usage. So, yeah, I do make a lot of use of them. That's why it upsets me so much. It's so hard to get to the back, because I have a wall in my way.

USB is supposedly universal, but there are so many different types of USB cables and connections. Why is this? As it turns out, they each serve different functions, mainly to preserve compatibility and support new devices.

You can use a USB 2.0 device in a USB 3 port, or a USB 3 device in a USB 2.0 port, but neither setup provides the extra speed benefit. USB 3 has also gone through several "generations" that are confusing to keep track of. Read through our comparison of USB-C and USB 3 for more information on this.

The below chart shows what connector types are compatible with which standards. Notice that micro-USB devices which support USB 3.x have a different plug. You'll often see this on external hard drives.

USB-C is the latest cable standard, and has lots of benefits. It's smaller than USB-A, reversible, and fast. USB-C can both receive and provide a lot more power than previous versions of USB. In fact, Apple's MacBooks now only have USB-C ports.

If it's newer, your Android phone or tablet likely uses USB-C instead of micro-USB. Some laptops and tablets feature a USB-C port; the Nintendo Switch uses it for power too. Since USB-C hasn't been adopted everywhere yet, you might need to buy some USB-C to USB-A adapters to ease the transition.

To use USB OTG, you'll need a suitable adapter (like the one mentioned above) so you can plug a USB-A cable into your phone. However, not all devices support OTG. If you're not sure, check your phone's manual or download an app like USB OTG Checker.

If you have an older Android phone or tablet, it likely uses a micro-USB cable. Even those deep in Apple's ecosystem or with USB-C ports on their phones will need to use micro-USB at times, however. It's still seen on some battery packs, Bluetooth speakers, and the like.

Another important aspect is cable length. Short cables are great for portability, but that can leave you sitting on the floor next to a power outlet as your phone charges. On the other hand, a cable that's too long can be inconvenient to carry, will tangle more easily, and is potentially a tripping hazard.

USB-C hubs and dongles are the answer to a common laptop question: How do I connect printers, mice, and keyboards that use a rectangular USB-A port when my laptop only ships with a rounded USB-C port instead?

Both our current overall top pick, the Anker A83460A2, and the Yeolibo 9-in-1 a are better overall options, with one exception: their HDMI output is only at 30Hz, which can fatigue the eyes over long periods. Lention delivers a more comfortable 60Hz at the same resolution. And if you have issues, Lention offers a 12-month warranty with a 24-hour support turnaround.

The latter USB-C port can be used to charge your smartphone, as it puts out 6.7W of charging power, or enough to fast-charge a smartphone. Otherwise, this is a powered dock, and it will supply 90W of charging power to your laptop, too.

We also noted the cord length, as shorter cables limit your options when positioning the hub around your laptop or tablet. Worst case, a short cable causes a hub to dangle from a tablet whose USB-C port is mounted toward the top.

USB-C hubs are generally more compact and portable port expanders. They come with a few ports which are mostly USB-C or USB-A ports, but higher end hubs come with SD Card slots and HDMI or DisplayPort inputs as well. USB-C hubs are designed to be small and easy to carry around with you but require power to be drawn from a laptop itself.

Docking stations on the other hand are larger and designed to be more stationary. They are meant to help turn your laptop into a desktop replacement. In terms of available ports, they come with everything a USB-C hub has and more. This includes connections for external monitors, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and Ethernet ports, among others. They are also powered via a power outlet allowing for all connected devices to be powered directly from the docking station.

Both USB-C and Thunderbolt ports are universal in that the same input can be used for both, but they are not exactly the same. USB-C input ports allow for data transfer rates of up to 10Gbps and power charging. Thunderbolt ports allow for data transfer rates of up to 40Gbps, power charging, and video output up to 4K resolution.

Today, USB is truly a 'Universal' standard and you'd be hard-pressed to find an electronic device that doesn't have a USB port of one kind or another. But how do you know which USB cable will fit your device? Hopefully this buying guide will help you find the cable that you need for your next project.

USB cables replace the huge variety of connectors that used to be standard for computer peripherals: Parallel ports, DB9 Serial, keyboard and mouse ports, joystick and midi ports... Really, it was getting out of hand. USB simplifies the process of installing and replacing hardware by making all communications adhere to a serial standard which takes place on a twisted pair data cable and identifies the device that's connected. When you add the power and ground connections, you're left with a simple 4-conductor cable that's inexpensive to make and easy to stow.

Some cables are also hubs, which allow multiple USB devices to be plugged into the same host port. In theory, you can stack these hubs as deep as you want to up to 127 devices, but in practice you need to consider power limitations. Some cables are extension cords, with the plug at one end and the receptacle at the other. There are limits to this as well because of the round-trip signal time of the serial data. It's suggested that USB cables are kept under 5 meters in length.

We have so many of these around the office, it's crazy. Mini-B is the once-great (now deprecated) standard for portable devices. The Blackberry had it, the Motorola Q had it, but most importantly, the FTDI Basic Breakout still has it.

It's fascinating to think about just how many things USB ports and connectors allow us to do. For starters, we can store the equivalent of thousands of books on a USB flash drive and then access them at will. (Pretty cool, right?) But we also use USB ports for connecting everything from our mobile devices to our TVs to our computers, so it's fair to say that USB is among our most important connectivity standards. 041b061a72


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