In Reply to: Re: USB 1.1, 2.0, etc posted by Tina on 10/08/02 at 8:50 AM:
For the laptop, I would get Firewire. It's less demanding, faster and more stable than USB for storage duties.
For Desktops, I would get a a combo card.
: Many thanks Bill, appreciated. I am thinking of getting me a desktop, point taken!
: But in the meantime, would you recommend me
: - a firewire adapter
: - a USB 2.0 adapter
: The hub is a good idea too, did take note of your suggestion. Won't buy all of them but need to understand which ones to buy and also that the "architecture" will work. Would like to understand all my options before starting to spend and perhaps regret later on.
: Currently I use the USB for
: - wireless keyboard/mouse
: - USB-CDRW
: Not simultaneously though.
: Also running out of hardisk space so thought about one of those pocket HDD that normally are USB 2.0 or firewire. The latter are cheaper, reason for my dummy enquiries.
: Really sorry Bill, I do take your point that I might be asking for trouble here, but can you give me your views?
: Kind regards, Tina
: : : 1- how can I get my USB 1.1 to work as a 2.0, and is there a way to transform it into a firewire?
: : That is silly. You need a hardware upgrade. There are PCMICA (Cardbus) USB 2.0 adapters. There are also Firewire adapters. I don't know of any combination Cardbus adapters.
: : : 2- how many simultaneuous devices connected to a USB can I have plugged in my laptop and still have them all working properly?
: : Not too many. Most laptops have one USB port. If you add a card, that would be two more ports. You can use a USB hub of good quality for many devices, but not all. Sam's Club has a lovely two-hub set for about $27 by Stratitec. It's the best hub set I've ever tested.
: : Frankly, I must say that you're asking for trouble to expect that much from a laptop. The power drain alone is phenominal. You need a desktop, really.
: : Bill