USB 2.0 Devices On A USB 2.0 Hub Or USB 1.1 Ports

by on December 13, 2006

Q: I have 2 USB 1.1 ports and 2 USB 2 ports on my computer. I have 4 USB 2 devices so 2 are working at 1.1 speed. Will I get better performance if I buy a USB 2 hub and connect the 2 devices running at 1.1 speeds to the hub plugged into a USB 2 port?

A: Absolutely. The USB Hub will allow you to operate those devices at USB 2.0 speeds, which is 480 megabit where USB 1.1 only allows a meager 12 megabit!

Keep in mind your devices will be in contention on the hub, meaning that they are all sharing that 480 megabit connection to the computer. So if you are using external storage devices on the hub, you might want to put things like a mouse or digital camera on the hub instead. This would allow you to use the heavy transfer devices on a port of their own.