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Oct 07, 2014

Which is a better choice, a powered or unpowered USB hub?

Is there a need to spend the extra money (both to purchase and for electricity) for a powered USB hub, or will an unpowered hub work just as well?

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10/07/2014

I would recommend a powered USB hub. It is common for things plugged into an unpowered USB hub to not function properly. It depends on the peripherals that you have connected, but an unpowered hub often causes issues that go away instantly when you switch to a powered hub. Save yourself the potential headaches and go ahead and get the powered hub. You won’t think of it again, because everything will probably work. That’s cheap peace of mind.  

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