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Usb port is there a way to hook up multiple usb hubs to my laptop without slowing it down?

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  • joe gregg Aug 01, 2007

    go to your local walmart and they have accessories for multiple ports like a 4 port hub and such, just ask the electronics people.

  • joe gregg Aug 01, 2007

    i answered my own question woot!!!



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Thanks for help brother does this online and he said you gave a completely great answer, i just didnt wanna bug him at work

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USB spec 2.0 allows up to 256 connections at one time. The USB port operates at 400 Mbs. You can use self powered devices that require their own power supplies, this will help the throughput somewhat. It is more about what you are connceting to your laptop. The more devices that require extreme processor time the longer it will take to free the processor for another device. Another solution would be to use the IE1394 (Firewire) port if you have one. Firewire is designed to handle all of those digital processor hogging devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives and so forth. Hope this helps. Dan

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