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    Best cheap, high powered USB hub.

    I recently had my USB hub, when externally powered, failing to handle some pretty standard devices in my test carputer setup. I used to think all hubs were the same when externally powered, however I was wrong. According to USB specs, ports can provide up to 500mA of current, however they are only required to provide 100mA. I am looking for recommendations of what you are using. Here is my wishlist:

    • 500mA per port
    • atleast 4 ports, though seven would be nice
    • a reasonably long cord, or ideally a female usb socket that will accept a cable of any length
    • under $25


    I really liked this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817801039
    It has 7 ports at varied angles for flexibility. It has a female USB socket. It has good reviews and people state that it powered all their devices. Unfortunately, I confirmed that with their tech support that even when externally powered, it only provides 100mA per port. So now, I come to the trusted forum, because I could spend forever reading reviews and specs, or I could just get a solid answer here. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emkman View Post
    I recently had my USB hub, when externally powered, failing to handle some pretty standard devices in my test carputer setup. I used to think all hubs were the same when externally powered, however I was wrong. According to USB specs, ports can provide up to 500mA of current, however they are only required to provide 100mA. I am looking for recommendations of what you are using. Here is my wishlist:

    • 500mA per port
    • atleast 4 ports, though seven would be nice
    • a reasonably long cord, or ideally a female usb socket that will accept a cable of any length
    • under $25


    I really liked this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817801039
    It has 7 ports at varied angles for flexibility. It has a female USB socket. It has good reviews and people state that it powered all their devices. Unfortunately, I confirmed that with their tech support that even when externally powered, it only provides 100mA per port. So now, I come to the trusted forum, because I could spend forever reading reviews and specs, or I could just get a solid answer here. Thanks.
    If you found an extra 60$ and a USB extension cable, this would be perfect.

    http://store.mp3car.com/DC_Powered_4..._p/adt-015.htm

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    Indeed it would be. Unfortunately, before that was out I already bought the CNX-P5V from the mp3car store, with the intent on powering a hub with it.

    Spec wise, this one is perfect:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145036
    Unfortunately it has pretty bad reviews as far as reliability goes.

    So far, this one looks like the winner based on its small size and lack of bad reviews:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817111976

    I know there must be other people here who have hubs they are happy with.

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