USB Hub Issues?

Dear Lazyweb,

Does anyone else have as many problems with USB hubs as I do?

I seem to blow them out after about six months. My Dell monitor has a built-in four port (or so) USB hub. I was using it with my Mac Mini for a while, and it was quite useful.

Then, one day, the USB hub completely stopped working. No devices plugged into any of its ports would work.

Since then, I have invested in a LaCie external HDD with a built-in Firewire hub and also a USB hub. Again, worked for a while just fine, but about two weeks ago, the USB hub functionality completely stopped working.

Is this common in USB hubs? Should I just treat them as disposable?

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~ by Matt Stratton on July 24, 2007.

6 Responses to “USB Hub Issues?”

  1. we haven’t set up since moving mid-may, but we have a usb hub and sorry, i can’t remember the manufacturer, but we had it in use for 3 years i think…plan to use it again when we set-up the internet again…

  2. I’ve definitely had machines that seemed to kill both USB and Firewire hubs. So, yeah, I’d invest in a case of cheap hubs.

  3. I recently got this one and haven’t had any problems with it: http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DUB-H7-High-Speed-7-Port/dp/B00008VFAF/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-9611843-7978869?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1187549829&sr=8-1

    Before that, I had the USB 1 version by the same company for several years and never had an issue. In both cases, I have every port in use because I have so much crap. The only weird issue I’ve had with the new one is that sometimes I can’t print, but that’s rare and unplugging/replugging in the printer always fixed it.

  4. I recently got this one and haven’t had any problems with it: http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DUB-H7-High-Speed-7-Port/dp/B00008VFAF/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-9611843-7978869?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1187549829&sr=8-1

    Before that, I had the USB 1 version by the same company for several years and never had an issue. In both cases, I have every port in use because I have so much crap. The only weird issue I’ve had with the new one is that sometimes I can’t print, but that’s rare and unplugging/replugging in the printer always fixed it.

  5. “Instant Order Update for Matt Stratton. You purchased this item on July 24, 2007. ”

    Hee. That’s the same one I bought, and so far, so good.

  6. “Instant Order Update for Matt Stratton. You purchased this item on July 24, 2007. ”

    Hee. That’s the same one I bought, and so far, so good.

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