Solved Hub or direct USB connection for external wireless adapter?

May 18, 2018 at 12:17:52
Specs: Windows 10, 8 GB
The internal Wireless Adapter in my laptop quit. Not wishing to attempt to replace it I instead purchased a USB Wireless Adapter. Since my laptop has only two USB ports, I also purchased a (unpowered) 4-port USB hub.
My question: What are the pros and cons of connecting the USB Wireless Adapter to the hub (along with a USB speaker and mouse) versus connecting it directly to one of the USB ports on the laptop.
Thanks

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#1
May 18, 2018 at 13:42:37
Hi,
you may run into problems with the Hub being unpowered.
Powered is better.

I think the wifi adapter will run faster if connected directly.

Please run speedtest.net on both methods to prove or not and advise back.

It might help if you provided the make and full model number of your Laptop.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#2
May 18, 2018 at 13:54:33
The issue that drove me to ask this question in the first place is as follows. With the Wi-Fi Adapter connected through the USB hub (co-mingled with mouse and speaker), I occasionally experienced a situation in which the Wi-Fi adapter would repeatedly disconnect/reconnect. In addition, I was receiving notifications that there were "no networks available." I know the latter is not true.
I considered the possibility that the current USB hub might be intermittent or failing, so I disconnected the Wi-Fi Adapter from the hub and reconnected it directly to one of the laptop USB ports. At the risk of attracting The Evil Eye, I am reporting here that I have not experienced the above issue in several hours.

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#3
May 18, 2018 at 20:44:55
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The USB Wifi adapter should be direct to its own USB port rather than a shared port. Your experience proves that the sharing was not letting the adapter get full band width 100% of the time. Even a powered hub I do not think would be enough to help. Keep it on its own port and you should be fine.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
May 19, 2018 at 06:17:53
Are you 100% sure the card is bad? Are you sure it's not just a driver issue? Did you do a Google search using your laptop's model number to see if others have experienced the same problem & if there's a easy fix available?

Doing as Fingers suggested should fix your current USB related issue but why didn't you just replace the wireless card? It's usually very simple to do. There should be an access door on the underside of the laptop - open it, remove the 2 wires that connect to the card, remove the screw(s) that hold the card in place, then reverse the process for installing the new card.


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#5
May 19, 2018 at 07:16:23
Often such (used) parts can be found on Ebay.
Maybe there is a Youtube video showing how to change.
Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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