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3 people found this helpful
don't waste your money
on November 24, 2014
At first, I really liked this hub
It seemed solidly constructed of metal but as soon as I plugged it in, some really crappy things started to happen.
I have two Dell XPS computers running Win 8.1 Pro.
On my home computer, I plugged in the unit and everything seemed to work fine... plugged in peripherals and they worked. However, after that, I occasionally would find that the computer would lock up (screen dark, no BSOD or comparable).. almost like it would go into hibernation. Pushing the power button, nothing.. no restart, just a dead computer. Then a few hours or a day would go by, and magically, the computer would turn on again. After trial and error (essentially me giving up and unplugging all USB devices (except keyboard), the computer was working fine. After trial and error, I found that it was this hub. Not sure if it was some sort of suspend operation key or what, but if I plugged in just the hub, the same thing happened, albeit randomly.
On the office computer (same time mind you), similar issues except devices would randomly either eject (figuratively not literally), or not be recognized, or would connect and disconnect (computer beeping). With what was happening at home, I simply unplugged it and all of those issues stopped.
So, first, I only connected one or two devices to the hub (camera, keyboard, scanner, etc.)... no hard drive or usb thumbdrive
After examining the hub, I found that a number of the connections are loose, or the jacks are installed such that the cable goes in at an odd angle, and that even the jack to the computer are quite loose... all in all, what appears to be pretty shoddily constructed units.
I've just given up and purchased a couple of other hubs (dyconn industrial grade) that so far (see my other review) are meeting my expectations of how a hub should work.