USB 3.0 hub adds speed, but doesn't leave older peripherals behind
- By Greg Crowe
- Apr 29, 2013
Acquiring new USB 3.0 peripheral devices can sometimes be a double-edged sword for a network administrator. On the one hand, USB 3.0 provides faster and more flexible services to agency users. But on the other, connecting them can be an issue, because not every server in the network will be upgraded with USB 3.0 ports.
One way to solve that problem would be with a new 3.0 hub from StarTech.
The ST7300USBM is a seven-port USB 3.0 hub that can either be wall-mounted or slid onto a DIN rail. At only 4.8 inches by 2.2 inches by 1.7 inches, it shouldn’t be hard to find a place for it in even the most crowded network room. It has seven USB 3.0 A ports that feed into a single USB 3.0 B host connection.
The hub is compliant with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 specification, supporting up to 5 gigabits/sec of bandwidth, but it’s also backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.x specifications, so it can support older USB peripherals or systems that lack USB 3.0 capabilities, the company said. The industrial-grade hub also comes in an impact-resistant metal casing, so it’s durable enough for industrial settings.
StarTech offers the ST7300USBM for $143 in the United States, a good price for a durable network-room hub with this many USB 3.0 ports. As the demand for peripherals outpaces of the ability to keep servers up to date, hubs such as this could help admins stay ahead of the game.
Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.