A USB hub is like more card slots in your wallet. For people who have notebooks with less number of USB ports, a USB hub can provide you with additional ports you need if you have more devices to attach simultaneously.
A USB hub increases the number of USB ports a computer has available. A five port USB hub plugs into a USB slot on the computer, adding five additional slots that USB devices can connect to. Not all devices will work with USB hub — some high-performance USB hardware, like external hard drives, must connect to the PC directly — but most plug-and-play devices, like keyboards or mice, work just as well connected to a hub as they do connected to the computer.
- Log in to Windows as an administrator. Click “Start” then “Control Panel.” Click “System and Security” then click “Device Manager.”
- Expand “USB Controllers” and confirm that the term “USB2” appears in the list of device drivers.
- Find the USB slots, usually located on the back or front of desktop computers, and on the left or right side of notebook and sub-notebook computers.
- Plug the five port USB hub into one of the available slots. If all of the slots are occupied unplug one of the devices from a slot, plug the USB hub into the available slot, and then plug the device into a port on the USB hub.
- Plug the five port USB hub into an outlet to provide power to the hub and its devices.
Note: This tip is for Windows OS only. Mac users can request this information through comments.