Solved is there any usb hub that actually works

June 2, 2017 at 13:00:39
Specs: Windows 10
I have a new Dell XPS 7760. The USB ports are located under the bar that attaches the computer to the base that rests on a desk or some other surface. The location of the USB ports is maddening. It is virtually impossible to reach them. If anyone has any suggestions about how to connect USB cables to the USB ports, I would love to hear it. In addition, I purchased and Anker hub that has its own power supply. The hub is completely worthless as far as plugging in USB attachments is concerned. Is there such a thing as a USB hub that actually functions for other devices, i.e., keyboard, mouse, backup hard drive, printer, etc.? I have not found one.

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June 11, 2017 at 11:42:03
I want to thank all of you who replied to my question. I am grateful for the assistance. To further clarify my problem, my computer is located in the only place in my home office where a computer could be located. It sits on a counter-like piece of furniture with a wall behind it and a bookcase on the wall with the lowest shelf about two feet over-the-counter. My Dell all-in-one computer has four UBS ports on the back, but they are located in a pit access to which is impeded by a structural member that attaches the base to the operating portions of the computer. Perhaps someone accustomed to plugging in UBS connectors and with greater finger dexterity than I could plug something into these ports, but I could not. Since there is one readily available UBS port at the side of the computer, my first thought was to get a hub with multiple UBS ports to which UBS connections could be attached. That proved to be useless. The hub I bought simply did not function. Ratings and speed are beyond my expertise. I know only that if something is plugged it either works or it does not. Some of you suggested UBS extenders, and that solved the problem. I purchased four one foot long UBS extenders. They were the shortest I could find. In order to attach them, I removed all connections from the computer, took it into another room, and laid it down with the screen on the surface of the bed. In that position, I was able to attach the short extenders. I now have the computer set up on the counter I mentioned with easily accessible UBS connections at the ends of the four extenders plus the easily accessible port on the edge of the computer. Problem solved.


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June 2, 2017 at 13:37:26
What is it you're trying to connect? If you're using a wired keyboard & mouse, they should be no problem once they're connected. That leaves 2 more rear ports for other devices. You can connect a short USB extension cable (or two) if necessary, plus there's a port next to the power button for removable devices such as USB flash drives. Here's a few different types of short USB cables:

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June 2, 2017 at 22:57:14
Is the 'worthless' anker hub rated for the USB port speeds it's plugged in to?

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June 3, 2017 at 01:05:01
Any USB hub should work, but as DAVEINCAPS says it has to be rated at the same speed as your devices (or faster). Return the one that you bought for a refund.

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June 3, 2017 at 02:36:21
It might help if you explained exactly in what way the hub you bought is "completely worthless".

It just plain doesn't work or what?

In my experience, keyboard, mouse & printer (all of which can be left plugged in permanently to the USB ports, so a bit of inconvenience just for first time plug-in shouldn't be a big problem) need to be connected directly to the computer's USB ports to ensure they function properly.

All other USB devices (pen drives, external HDDs etc) should work through the hub.

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June 3, 2017 at 05:48:51
USB hubs are fine generally once Windows is fully up and running. For this reason the keyboard and mouse should not be plugged in through a hub. Printers also should be directly plugged in because you need Windows to recognize it at boot up or you may have trouble printing to it later. If the run is too long then (as mentioned) use a couple of extension cables when fitting the computer into a tight space so that routing the cables in or around desk components will be easier. I have seen a USB 'extension' that the 'jack' side was a half rubber ball so it could sit on your desk and be available to plug in portable drives and things without the need for a hub. That said (and repeated) any decent USB hub should be fine for nearly any other device once Windows is fully up and running. If you look on sites like Newegg they give customer reviews so you can see any trends towards problems with products before you purchase it (even if you go to a local store with this knowledge).

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June 3, 2017 at 08:26:34
To clarify, the OP is asking about an all-in-one PC. The 4 main USB ports (#9 in the pic below) are partially blocked by the upright for the screen. Personally, I don't see it as a major problem unless things are constantly being plugged/unplugged. The 6" extensions will make that take easier. There's also an easily accessible port on the side of the monitor (#2 in the pic below). I see no need for a hub, but to each his own.

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June 4, 2017 at 05:55:39
Please not that there are also USB cords and probably extensions that have right angle plugs, I have seen left and right as well as 'down' angle plugs. Search for these on Newegg or Amazon (or even Google) if the ports and post were so poorly designed that they really interfere or the routing of the wires would be significantly easier.
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June 11, 2017 at 11:42:03
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I want to thank all of you who replied to my question. I am grateful for the assistance. To further clarify my problem, my computer is located in the only place in my home office where a computer could be located. It sits on a counter-like piece of furniture with a wall behind it and a bookcase on the wall with the lowest shelf about two feet over-the-counter. My Dell all-in-one computer has four UBS ports on the back, but they are located in a pit access to which is impeded by a structural member that attaches the base to the operating portions of the computer. Perhaps someone accustomed to plugging in UBS connectors and with greater finger dexterity than I could plug something into these ports, but I could not. Since there is one readily available UBS port at the side of the computer, my first thought was to get a hub with multiple UBS ports to which UBS connections could be attached. That proved to be useless. The hub I bought simply did not function. Ratings and speed are beyond my expertise. I know only that if something is plugged it either works or it does not. Some of you suggested UBS extenders, and that solved the problem. I purchased four one foot long UBS extenders. They were the shortest I could find. In order to attach them, I removed all connections from the computer, took it into another room, and laid it down with the screen on the surface of the bed. In that position, I was able to attach the short extenders. I now have the computer set up on the counter I mentioned with easily accessible UBS connections at the ends of the four extenders plus the easily accessible port on the edge of the computer. Problem solved.

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June 11, 2017 at 20:13:14
That is great to hear, thanks for getting back to us. Enjoy.

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