How do you get more USB ports on a Chromebook?

December 8, 2018 at 09:32:57
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Where can I buy a relatively inexpensive shirt-pocket-sized device which can be used to adapt a single USB port to two USB ports on the Chromebooks in my local library?

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#1
December 8, 2018 at 10:12:28
There's several different types of external USB port hubs. You can order them online or go to BestBuy, Walmart, OfficeDepot, etc. I'm not recommending the following, I'm just posting it as an example: https://www.officedepot.com/a/produ...

Here's a different style: https://www.iwant1cy.com/wp-content...
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon...

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#2
December 8, 2018 at 10:17:45
Thanks, Riider. I've found many three and four port devices. What I want is one with only two ports which will fit in a shirt pocket.

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#3
December 8, 2018 at 10:56:06
"What I want is one with only two ports which will fit in a shirt pocket. "

The last 2 links riider posted show port-extenders small enough to fit in your pocket. There's plenty to be found online. (Amazon, WalMart, BestBuy, etc).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
December 8, 2018 at 11:35:32
If anyone can recommend a specific unit which will work with a Chromebook, I would appreciate it. I have found zillions of USB three and four port extenders, but have not yet found one with only two ports which can fit in a shirt pocket. (Men's shirt pockets are approximately 3 x 5, so a device with a depth of 1 inch must be smaller than 3 x 5.)

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#5
December 8, 2018 at 12:08:05
Chromebook or another operating system shouldn't matter. If the Chromebook supports USB devices then whether or not you can connect more than one device to your single port is dependent on your hardware requirements and the power available for the USB port. You are trying to expand the capabilities of your Chromebook. No one can guarantee a USB will work or not. I am pretty sure a POWERED hub would work but that defeats the portability aspects, because it requires AC power.

What devices do you want to connect together?


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#6
December 8, 2018 at 12:29:22
Thanks, OtheHill. Trying to use a flash drive and -- oops, forgot. (It's for someone else -- I'll ask again.)
Can you tell I'm trying to do some Elf Work? E8-)

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#7
December 8, 2018 at 12:32:32
Try answering #5 again. Doesn't matter who actually owns the Chromebook.

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#8
December 8, 2018 at 13:01:13
Ya, I know that, thanks. That was only an explanation for why I didn't know exactly why the device is needed.

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#9
December 8, 2018 at 13:05:24
Answer to #5:

Ports on Chromebook or desktop are needed variously for mouse, flash drive, charging Nook, copying flash drive.


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#10
December 8, 2018 at 13:20:24
Those devices will probably work with any 2 to 4 port hub. USB mechanical hard drives are a different story.
Below is another example:

https://www.microcenter.com/product...

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#11
December 8, 2018 at 13:49:49
Thanks. At $4.99, that one is certainly inexpensive. Review says it's not sturdy. Still looking for a two port device. . . .

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#12
December 8, 2018 at 15:37:03
Google for cable splitters. Probably end up being bulkier though.

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#13
December 8, 2018 at 21:16:53
If it is small enough, it does not matter if there is 2, 3, or 4 ports at all. Please look at it from the manufacturing point of view, to make a 2 port hub a relatively small percentage of buyers would be interested but if you could make it nearly the same size and cost only slightly more then you open up a much larger market for the device and the couple of dollars more would be insignificant to most buyers. THAT is why you are not finding 2 port hubs, only 3 and 4 port hubs.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

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#14
December 8, 2018 at 21:35:38
Yes, I thought of that. Makes sense. I just haven't found a small enough one (except one not sturdy enough to withstand constant moving) with ports of any number.

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#15
December 9, 2018 at 06:44:57
You are over thinking this. How durable does the hub have to be? Perhaps you should have bought a computer with more than one USB port on it. Then you wouldn't need to carry around a hub.

Why not get a small protective case for your Chromebook that has additional storage in it for the hub and the flash drives. Carrying drives in your pocket is sure to result in lost hardware.


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#16
December 9, 2018 at 08:23:49
Please re-read my initial question. The Chromebooks are in a local library.

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#17
December 9, 2018 at 09:33:06
You didn't make it clear that the Chromebook isn't yours. In that case, does the single USB port actually work? Many times in Public places, restrictions are used in how you can access a computer.

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#18
December 9, 2018 at 10:04:40
Are you insistent on it being so small because you have to "sneak" using it? Any one of the ones shown above will easily fit in a shirt or pants pocket. The 4-port hub in my 1st response lists the size as 4.2"H x 1.2"W x 0.5"D. A similar one that I own is 3.5" x 0.75" x 0.5".

We can't make the choice for you. Since you have specific size requirements & # of ports, you're gonna have to do your own research. Apparently this one that was posted in response #1 is too bulky?
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon...

What about one of these?
https://m.media-amazon.com/images/S...

If that's too bulky, how about this?
https://c1.neweggimages.com/Product...


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#19
December 9, 2018 at 10:44:43
Riider: No one has to sneak using the device. Since only a small percent of their patrons need such a device and since the library has a very limited budget, the library does not make these devices available to patrons. As you may or may not be aware, many people who use public library computers do not own computers of their own. Some are, in fact, homeless and everything they own goes with them wherever they go. I was attempting to research this issue for one such person.

I will check out the URLs in your previous message. Thanks.


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#20
December 9, 2018 at 10:54:53
Riider: Images in your Message #18 are intriguing. When I click on the URLs, all I see are images. How do I access text and ordering info?

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