Wireless hubs have been around for quite a while now, but their popularity starting soaring recently due to the growth in internet revolution. Networking has now reached workplaces and households, making hubs necessary gadgets. It can connect multiple computers together to create a single network, making it surprisingly easy to access. It can also share documents of various formats, allowing the entire network to use just one printer or scanner or simply allowing easy connectivity from person to person without any inconvenience. Ethernet hubs are by far the most popular and commonly used hubs, but Wireless USB Hubs are creating a competition due to its convenience.
USB hubs usually consist of several ports. Small hubs help connect 2-4 computers while the larger ones are used by big corporations. There are some boundaries in Ethernet hubs, which Wireless USB Hubs have overcome, allowing them to basically connect to absolutely anything without the hassle of connecting wires everywhere. It uses a low range but high bandwidth radio wave that can connect any wireless USB device through a single PC. It can connect to various USB gadgets such as printers, scanners, external hard drives, gaming consoles etc. It basically provides ultimate freedom in using technology while roaming around.
Setting up wireless USB hubs are very easy. First, the hub needs to be connected through the DC connector and the power supply. The PC should be able to detect it after that. Then, it needs to be set up through the network option, by going to the Wireless USB Manager option. A new connection needs to be arranged which will require a PIN, which should be provided by the purchased Wireless USB Hub. After entering the PIN code, the PC should be able to recognize the hub. Additional setup maybe required afterwards such as naming the network, entering security codes etc. After concluding the setup, the USB should be removed and then placed at a range where it is detectable by all other USB devices that one wishes to use. There should be an active logo on the right hand side of the computer monitor indicating the Wireless USB Hub is active. The setup can also be done through a regular USB cable. The success of the installation can be confirmed by checking the ‘Windows Device Manger.’ The brand name of the Wireless USB Hub should appear in the list of all the installed devices.
Wireless USB hubs generally transmit a very low frequency of radio waves. Thus, it is important to position the hub’s antenna properly in order to receive optimum performance. The antenna should be placed vertically behind the host PC or Laptop. If the antennas are angled horizontally, a slight disturbance might occur in the reception.
WiRanger: Wireless USB 2.0 Hub is considered a popular choice as it is the pioneer of wireless USB hubs. It can be used in ranges of up to 30 meters and has a universally acknowledged 802.11gigahartz radio wavelength. It has 4 ports and comes with basic installation steps.
Belkin Certified Wireless USB 4-Port Hub is also big on customer satisfaction. Although there are some complaints on poor reception, but it occurs rarely. It can transfer data at the speed of 480 mbps. It costs around $273.20 to $ 329.00.
IOGear Wireless USB Hub and Adapter Kit will cost around $60 to $80. It allows 8 computers to access each other at the same time. It also has a very reliable transmission record for video and audio files. This particular Wireless USB Hub is best suitable for home network usage.
Compared to Ethernet hubs, wireless USB Hubs require much less hassle to set up and use. However, Ethernet hubs are more reliable considering the fact that they do not have a chance of losing reception. Ultimately, the consumer needs to decide what type of hub is required considering how big of a network they want to obtain.