looking for a network usb hub

jack0987

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I have a belkin network usb hub but it will not work with windows 10. I use it for my printer and scanner.

Looking for something similar that will work with windows 98SE (optional), windows xp, windows 7, and windows 10.
A 4 computer usb switch would work with all 4 OSes but there would be a lot more connecting wires.

Visitor

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I just used a Raspberry Pi Zero W ($10) to create a print server using CUPS. Following this article, Use a Raspberry PI Zero W as a Wireless Print Server, it was pretty simple to set up. Adding a USB hub allows it to support more than one printer. I haven't tried this, but it looks like adding scanner support wouldn't be too difficult. Printing And Scanning From a Distance With Raspberry Pi and Your Old USP Printer. A Raspberry Pi Zero W, the "official" case, a micro-USB To Go cable and an SD card and you could quickly have a stylish, compact, highly customizable solution for less than$25.

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jack0987

Member
I just used a Raspberry Pi Zero W ($10) to create a print server using CUPS. Following this article, Use a Raspberry PI Zero W as a Wireless Print Server, it was pretty simple to set up. Adding a USB hub allows it to support more than one printer. I haven't tried this, but it looks like adding scanner support wouldn't be too difficult. Printing And Scanning From a Distance With Raspberry Pi and Your Old USP Printer. A Raspberry Pi Zero W, the "official" case, a micro-USB To Go cable and an SD card and you could quickly have a stylish, compact, highly customizable solution for less than$25.

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Thank you for the reply. I will study up on this.

jack0987

Member
For now, a ABCD switch would be easy for me to do partly because I already have one mostly built as an experiment for another project.

However, some information would be helpful.

Near as I can see, The two data wires need to be a twisted pair. Please comment.

Also, what if I wanted to run the wires on a circuit board? How would one twist the wires on a circuit board?

Nigel Goodwin

Super Moderator
For now, a ABCD switch would be easy for me to do partly because I already have one mostly built as an experiment for another project.

However, some information would be helpful.

Near as I can see, The two data wires need to be a twisted pair. Please comment.

Also, what if I wanted to run the wires on a circuit board? How would one twist the wires on a circuit board?
They don't - your premise is wrong - unless your PCB is 100 feet long?.

jack0987

Member
They don't - your premise is wrong - unless your PCB is 100 feet long?.

Do you mean that the traces of the data lines just run along side of one another?

Nigel Goodwin

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Do you mean that the traces of the data lines just run along side of one another?
Yes, the twisting is simply a function of a cable, that's all. It's to prevent crosstalk, and each pair of wires has a different twist to help crosstalk between pairs.

On a PCB it might be a good idea to insert a ground track between them?.

jack0987

Member
Yes, the twisting is simply a function of a cable, that's all. It's to prevent crosstalk, and each pair of wires has a different twist to help crosstalk between pairs.

On a PCB it might be a good idea to insert a ground track between them?.

Once, I made a PCB where the data traces were about 3 inches long running side by side. It did not work.

So, you think putting a ground trace between them will solve the problem?

Nigel Goodwin

Super Moderator
Once, I made a PCB where the data traces were about 3 inches long running side by side. It did not work.

So, you think putting a ground trace between them will solve the problem?
I suggest your problem was VERY much elsewhere - depending what speed you were trying to run at?.

KeepItSimpleStupid

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This may not work, but it might help solve the problem.

jack0987

Member
This may not work, but it might help solve the problem.

Thanks. It looks like a good product but with a starting price of about \$350 for a 2 port I am not likely to choose it.

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