Does anybody know where to get independent and “undertiteled techi slang advices” on: What you should know about USB hubs?
As a complete newbee I was just googling for high quality USB hub to get some basic know how on the component to accomplish Raspi with, once it will be out. I reckon within 2 weeks I will me smart enough and have collected enough background to purchase on my own via Conrad Electronics for e.g. and would not even need to go to a retailer’s shop to ask for advice.
This maybe has been a bit underestimating the situation as I just found out that a guy in a forum had searched the internet 3 weeks just to find the right USB hub (I guess if I do that for any component it will take me a 4x3 weeks to have everything I need not to mention the second step all the installations and the operation sys. install)
Anyway, what I found so far was a forum discussion on July 31st, 2007, 11:55 – unfortunately I did not manage to find something newer nor do I have a clue which journal or web-portal offers quality reviews (independent ones) on USB hubs.
USB hubs - Who makes the best one?
was a bit like ranging between heroization and demonizing of Belikin, though the critic had been focusing on 2 certain “quality” Belkin USB hubs:
Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Hub Part # F5U237v1
Belkin 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Mobile Hub – F5U701-BLK
Here you can read a quite alerting statement: Phantom says: October 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm
• Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Hub Part # F5U237v1.
(…)Reviews on the product warned that the unit would get too hot and shut down when more than two devices were attached. (…)
• Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Hub Part # F5U237v1
(…) is junk and may damage your computer.(…)
Eventually, as a positive alternative the USB GEAR is appearing.
As I am a complete newbee I thought, well first of all this was in 2007 and Belkin wouldn’t exist any longer if they were delivering such an e-Waste, second, maybe the Belkins were faked products which sometimes even find their way into the supply chain of the original brand manufacturer.
So never mind I thought, try to search sth. completely objective which is telling you what a USB hub in generally should be able to manage reliably.
So I stumbled over the EMI Design Guidelines for USB components and unfortunately realized that my technical knowledge is not sufficient to understand this.
The only non-single case issue I managed to siffon out of my matchcode search high quality USB hubs was the hint on a German-speaking Forum, warning for getting into deep trouble if hubs are delivered with power adapter of >5 Volt, relying on internal electronic to prevent to let through more – which in case of a defect could lead to a 6 or 9V input with fatal consequences. I assume as the device is powered by 5 Volt micro USB there I do not need to become headaches about this warning. So what I really wanted to know, which USB hub offered with 7 or 13 or whichever number of ports – as long as above 4 to connect mice, keyboards, network adapters and external storage can I surely rely on without embarking on such horror stories as the guys who posted on the Terry White Forum about their 2007 Belkin experience.