recommendations for a USB splitter?

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  1. rushdown

    rushdown New Member

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    i have a surface pro, any recommendations for a good usb splitter to use? 1 usb port isnt enough
     
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    My suggestion for long term is a USB HUB, preferably a powered HUB. They are pretty cheap.
     
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    Sorry, i am new to this, but why do you recommend a usb hub rather than a usb splitter? And why does it need to be powered??
     
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    You can't "split" USB in the traditional sense. You need a Hub.

    Some devices draw signifiant power from the USB bus like external hard drives, so they may need a powered port.
     
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    A USB (powered) Hub will provide the right amount of power to each connected device, whereas a splitter will halve the amount of power (if it is two way, three way would split it in 3 etc.) as you plug in more devices. This can cause problems with a lot of devices as they may not get the right amount of power and will likely malfunction and simply not work.
     
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    Also the new SP dock has multiple USB ports (1 3.0 port and 3 2.0 ports) - I just purchased this and it works great, even with the touch keyboard. But it's even better by using a USB keyboard and mouse that I have for my desktop computer.

    Sent from the SurfaceForums.net app for Windows 8
     
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    At $200, the SP Dock will be a bit much to spend to add a few USB ports. I would recommend a USB hub that will offer USB3 connections. Did a quick search on Amazon.
    Amazon.com: USB 3 Hub
     
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    What are your requirements?
    --How many ports do you need?
    --Does it need to be portable?
    --What devices will you be plugging in?
    --Are your devices USB 2.0 or 3.0?
    --Would integrated ethernet port be useful to you?
    --Would an integrated card reader be useful to you?

    There are literally 1000's of options, so narrowing them down will be easier if you answer the above questions.
     
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    The thing about a powered, rather than unpowered HUB is that you don't need to be concerned about how much voltage is being drawn from the port. Hard disk, for instance, draw more power than a USB flash drive. You can get just so much from one USB port before something doesn't work quite right.
     
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    --How many ports do you need? Hmmm...I would say, one for the mouse (the touchpad is okay, just okay), and I'd say 2 for USB hard drives. So, 3 total. I also need one with USB 3.0 for my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. But all these items will not be plugged in at the same time.
    --Does it need to be portable? Yes.
    --What devices will you be plugging in? Mouse, USB hard drive (probably a WD passport style drive), and some spy eye glasses
    --Are your devices USB 2.0 or 3.0? Everything is 2.0 except for the Galaxy Note 3
    --Would integrated ethernet port be useful to you? No, I have tethering on my Note 3 so I can use mobile wifi and not have the need for an ethernet port.
    --Would an integrated card reader be useful? What is this? Is this like a CAC card reader? I'm guessing I don't need it if I don't know what it is. lol

    by the way, thanks for the help guys and gals
     
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    I chose this one, Satechi 3-Port, because it includes GB Ethernet, which has come in handy a time or two while travelling.

    Then I bought a SanDisk Cruzer USB drive from Best Buy. I leave the SanDisk installed in the Satechi all the time. It is formatted as a recovery drive and also for use as housing my File History auto-backups. That leaves two ports open + Ethernet.

    External USB drives work as well as my XBox 360 controller.
     

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