Solved what is available to plug 2 items into 1 usb port?

August 6, 2015 at 14:45:56
Specs: Windows 64
I have two things that need to be plugged into my computer, but only 1 usb port. Is there a "gadget" that can solve that problem?

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August 6, 2015 at 14:54:12
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Sure is, you need a USB hub. They come powered or just a hub. USB 2,0 or 3.0.

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August 6, 2015 at 15:00:46
They're called usb hubs; and come in two forms.

One (effectively passive) is powered from the usb port. Generally does not provide enough power to charge devices, but certainly allow devices to work via that port.

Powered (effectively active) - has an external mains adapter - and will usually have one or more ports that can charge devices; will also allow usb devices to work of course via any of its ports.

The non external powered hubs are usually cheaper than those with external power...

I find many (no external power) hubs are adequate for my use. Although I do have a couple that do use external power as I have iDevices etc. that I can occasionally charge up with via port from those hubs.

If you enter "usb hubs" (no " ") into google - you will see what they look like; the different styles/models and the prices related to wherever you are.

I have found Amazon a decent source for both kinds; and occasionally my local PC/electronics stores too... Wise to shop around... Many of the hubs have a very short usb cable attached/built-in; invariably one requires an slightly longer cable... so one uses a decent extension cable.

Hubs come in usb-2 and usb-3 versions. The usb-3 is backwards compatible with usb-2 devices.

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August 6, 2015 at 22:45:50
If it's a desktop you may want to consider adding a USB PCI card.

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August 9, 2015 at 13:50:45
Hi Marweenie,

Here in the UK they are available in the cheapo stores such as 'The Pound Shop'.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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August 9, 2015 at 14:46:53
I have found that some of the cheapies/cheapos a little less than reliable - for some strange reason. And even a slightly more expensive one (from Maplins in that case) wasn't all it seemed to be... The changed it for one with a slightly different design (mainly shape/layout of course) and all was well... But then some of the cheapies/cheapos (from computer fairs) have also been perfectly OK...

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