Hubs

Jul. 25th, 2010 09:05 pm
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I have had four USB hubs burn out on me in the past seven months. This is not satisfactory.

The hubs, as you would expect, plug into two places: the power strip and my laptop's USB port.

The D-Link has been the only hub of even tolerable quality. The others were cheap pieces of garbage from the get-go: Belkin, some fancy Mac brand, and one no-namer. You know you've got fine workmanship at hand when you have to exert 20 pounds of force to get the connector into the socket.

It is entirely likely that their power supplies have been, individually and collectively, useless. I have three other peripherals plugged into that strip, and they have coexisted uncomplainingly for years.

So:

Is there some kind of industrial strength, made-in-America, cast-iron hub available out there? There's an unconscionably expensive ThinkGeek model, but the price may be due to its absurd number of ports.

Do I have to get an expensive line conditioner just so that a $35 hub can live in peace and tranquility?

What do I have to do to obtain a hub that will live for the next couple of years?

Answers gratefully accepted.

Date: 2010-07-26 07:01 am (UTC)
ext_8707: Taken in front of Carnegie Hall (sherman)
From: [identity profile] ronebofh.livejournal.com
I've never heard of a USB hub burning out. I wonder if you have a bum device that's causing the trouble.

Date: 2010-07-26 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilaine-dcmrn.livejournal.com
Possibly you have an issue with your wiring that is causing you grief. A friend of mine used to test polarity on sockets when he was setting up computer equipment at client sites and regularly found it was reversed. Ground was also frequently questionable. You can get an outlet tester for just a few bucks at radio shack.

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