Since 2015, USB-C has established itself as the basic connector for all Macs and for iPad Pros since last year. It is a very practical connector because it is universal: it can be used to power the computer, to connect an external screen, to connect a storage volume, or even an Ethernet socket. On the other hand, when you only have C Hub on your Mac, you sometimes feel a little limited.
If you are using a recent portable Mac, you are certainly familiar with the build-up of dongles to use every USB-C socket. There is a better solution: Docking Station USB C. It has become democratized because they allow you to add multiple different ports from a single connector plugged into the Mac or iPad.
The USB hub makes it possible to interconnect several peripherals to a computer by connecting them to the PC by a computer box called a hub. The hub box is connected to the PC by a USB port. It is made up of several USB ports to which the user connects his peripherals.
Hub HDMI is now suitable for all computer uses and is available in different models such as powered USB hubs, HDMI USB hubs, or USB Ethernet hubs.
Whether you are a fan of desktops or laptops or you sometimes work on a tablet, you will no doubt find, in a USB hub, the external power supply you need for all your peripherals.
Why buy a USB hub in computing?
Today’s computers can accommodate many peripherals: printer, scanner, webcam, external hard drive, smartphone, graphics tablet, or touchpad. Not to mention the keyboard and mouse. You can also connect more specific peripherals or gadgets such as specialized control modules or fans for summer days.
Although all laptops or desktops come with original USB ports, it is quite common that the number of these is no longer enough. It is therefore recommended to buy a USB hub in order to multiply them and to benefit from a PC installation adapted to your needs.
How does a Docking Station USB C?
The principle of a Docking Station USB C is very simple. This is a small external box on which you will find several USB ports. The USB hub plugs into a USB port on your computer.
We note, of course, that connecting a USB hub sacrifices a USB port on your computer, but that, conversely, the user recovers many others depending on the model chosen. The hub, therefore, transforms a USB port into many others.
Why buy a USB power strip?
While the principle of a USB hub is always the same, the configurations of USB hub models may change.
If you have a laptop, compact USB hubs that plug into a USB port on your laptop PC are available. They take up little space and are suitable for working on laptops. This will allow you to use a large number of external peripherals without having to disconnect the peripheral from its USB port each time.
Aware of the large size of a USB hub box, manufacturers have therefore declined certain models of USB hubs in the form of a USB box resembling an electrical power strip. We are talking here about a USB power strip.
Using a USB hub port
When connected to the computer, be it a desktop PC or a laptop, the USB hub offers a greater number of USB sockets to the user.
It is then sufficient to connect the peripheral directly to the USB hub, in the same way as to connect a peripheral directly to the USB port of the computer.
What can a USB 3.0 hub do?
The “U” in USB stands for “Universal”. All current peripherals use this universality of connection. However, the transfer rates between various generations of USB ports may be different.
USB 3.0 followed on from USB 2. Although the external appearance is identical, the USB 3.0 port offers a transfer speed of about 10 times that of USB 2.0.
Manufacturers have therefore put on the market a USB C 3.0 hub that can transfer data very quickly and transfer large files, such as high-definition video or music files.
What can be connected to a USB 2.0 hub?
If USB 2.0 is about 10 times less efficient in terms of performance than USB 3.0, it is nonetheless universal.
The user can therefore connect a USB 2.0 hub to any USB device:
– To scan
– Graphic tablet
– Additional card reader (SD card reader)
Be careful, however, if you can connect, for example, an external USB 3.0 hard drive to a USB 2.0 Hub HDMI, the transfer speed will be limited to the transfer speed offered by USB 2.0. Your hard drive will therefore behave as if it were an external USB 2.0 hard drive with a much slower transfer speed.