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Jun 21st, 2009 12:01:25 am - Subscribe

Designed by Sam Hecht, the hard drive bags and USB hubs are the perfect peripherals of today. Where, the USB hubs come with elegant and neat exteriors including incorporated cables for easy use, the bags have been crafted from different kinds of material and boasts of providing distinctive levels of safety. Though there is much to talk but here I will talk just about Core4 and Lacie Core7 USB hubs.

As the features, the hub also boasts of offering one easy and quick access port at the top for hooking up flash drives, whereas the additional five ports remain astutely hidden below the platform. The Core7 comes included with a USB cable to hook up to a power-supply cord and a PC/ Mac. It is also included with channels to let the cables be place for a neat and clean desktop.

Next to talk about is a four port USB hub, (Lacie Core4), which comes with 3 external USB cables and one incorporated mini-USB cable. The Core4 has been made for hooking up with several devices while on the go.

Bearing a resemblance to a tiny matchbox, the Core4 can be slid open to make access to a mini-USB cable and a USB. The mini-USB cable proves helpful to users in charging their mobile devices and eliminates the need to carry an extra charging cable. The other USB cable connects the Core4 to the PC or Mac.

In a household with multiple PCs and users, it can be a bit of a pain to share USB peripherals without losing track of who left what where. If your wireless router doesn't have a print/storage server built in, consider Belkin's Network USB Hub. This simple device combines a regularUSB hub with a print/storage server and lets you network up to five USB devices through a router. So you can corral your peripherals--external hard drives and printers and the like--in one central area and access them wirelessly while roaming about your home. The Network USB Hub lives up to Belkin's claim of simplicity and ease-of-use; we think it's worth the $130 price tag.

In a household with multiple PCs and users, it can be a bit of a pain to share USB peripherals without losing track of who left what where. If your wireless router doesn't have a print/storage server built in, consider Belkin's Network USB Hub. This simple device combines a regular USB hub with a print/storage server and lets you network up to five USB devices through a router. So you can corral your peripherals--external hard drives and printers and the like--in one central area and access them wirelessly while roaming about your home. The Network USB Hub lives up to Belkin's claim of simplicity and ease-of-use; we think it's worth the $130 price tag.

We haven't seen a similar device cross our desks yet. To be sure, there was a recent flurry of wireless USB devices, but don't confuse the two technologies. The wireless USB hubs establish a direct point-to-point contact between the hub and the adapter that's plugged into your PC. This technology reaches up to 30 feet and requires a line of sight. Belkin's Network USB hub connects your PC to USB devices over a Wi-Fi network, but tricks the PC into thinking it's making a direct USB connection to those devices. And as it works over your wireless network, you can use it from wherever you can maintain the wireless signal.

Setting up the NetworkUSB Hub was also simple: connect the hub's Ethernet port to a WAN port on your wireless router and power it up. If you've enabled DHCP on your router, you won't have to manually set up the hub, but if you haven't, you'll need to enter information such as the hub's Ethernet code (from the hub's underside). Then install the Control Center software that comes on a CD on each PC that will be accessing the hub (you won't be able to use the hub if you don't install the software). We should note that currently the Hub only works with Windows XP and Vista PCs; users will have to wait until September.

In the included literature, Belkin warns that certain types ofUSB devices may not be compatible, including TV tuners and Webcams. If you've connected such a device, a warning will show up in the control center. The Network USB Hub can support up to 16 connections at once, but be aware that a single device does not always equal a single connection. Multifunction printers, for example, often require up to four connections (one for each function).

Belkin backs the Network USB Hub with a three-year warranty. Toll-free phone support is provided 24-7, or you can fill out a Web form at Belkin's site for e-mail support. Belkin's site also includes documentation, downloadable drivers, and FAQs.

Belkin backs the NetworkUSB Hub with a three-year warranty. Toll-free phone support is provided 24-7, or you can fill out a Web form at Belkin's site for e-mail support. Belkin's site also includes documentation, downloadable drivers, and FAQs.
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