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.
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