Installing a USB Hub up-front? Read this...
Hey guys. Some of you already know this, but I felt like writing it out in plain language without having to search through 100 posts.
If you are planning on putting a USB hub somewhere in your car, remember that you can not mix USB 1.0/1 and USB 2.0 devices. If you do, the USB 2.0 devices will default to USB 1.0/1 speeds and you will receive that nasty stupid icon in your task bar notifying you that your devices can run at higher speeds.
This is also true when connecting different USB devices (1.0/1 & 2.0) to ports administered by the same USB controller on your motherboard.
To solve this, I had to run two different USB lines from my computer to the hubs in my glovebox. One of the USB cables is connected to a USB 2.0 port on one controller of my motherboard while the other cable is connected to another USB 2.0 port on another controller - I keep all my USB 1.0/1 & 2.0 devices isolated on different controllers of the motherboard. So, I have 2 hubs in my glovebox: one exclusively for USB 1.0/1 devices and another exclusively for USB 2.0 devices (i.e. memory card reader and usb dvd drive).
Don't get me wrong, while there are some usb hubs that can handle both USB 1.0/1 and USB 2.0 devices simultaneously, they are difficult to find for a good price. Good luck.