ok for all sams club members, u know the slamin deals we can get on "accessory" chinese hardware. They have an acount with Straitec which makes nice Gold tipped usb cabled and hubs, they had a great powered hub and 2 packs of 10 ft gold plated usb cables (7$!!!) the hub was 16$.
now straitec has changed their product lineup, they offer a non powered hub designed for laptops and single cables now that come with a coupler for extending two cables (useless imho) and it is 5$. I know cables are cables, but i am one of those folks that has an eye for quality, and i spend it on cables.
Anyways I need another hub and my choises are between the straitec which is not powered and cheaper than BJ's WholesaleClub that has a GE usb hub which is powered for 17$ and comes with an extra cable. Also they have GE branded usb cable 3 pack 2x6ft and 1x10ft for 7$, not bad
NOW HERE IS MY QUESTION TO MY FELLOW HARDWARE GENIUS':
What benefit do you receive from using a powered hub?
Second, what is the max number of devices can attach through hubs to a single port. The ports I have on this machine are 4 built in on an intel MB, and two extra that plug directly into the board and rest in the pci spot
thanks for any advice