[LAU] [OT] 8-port USB hub

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Mon Jan 21 08:48:07 CET 2019

On Sun, 2019-01-20 at 15:35 -0800, Ace Path wrote:
> If you desolder the 5v pin from the usb cable on the usb hub, it will
> no longer be powered by your computers usb port, but can still
> communicate with it (keep the gnd connected!). Then you can either
> solder on a port or a wire(I used a wire since i dont have many micro
> USB ports on hand which I would have preferred, and connect it to a
> power bank. Woila! Rechargeable battery powered usb hub in 5 minutes

Don't try this at home!

Usually active 4-port USB hubs are inexpensive, too and they usually
could be used as an active or passive USB hub, without the need of a
switch to connect or disconnect +5V aka VCC aka VBUS coming from the
computer. Instead of cutting of the connection from the computer's
power, a diode might do the trick. OTOH a diode, such as a 1N4007 drops
the voltage, which could become an issue. However, your solution with
the cut off power still requires a wall wart with proper regulation, or
you anyway at least need to add a 5.1V Zener diode, since adding a
voltage regulator could be tricky, too.

In the end DIY is time consuming and is asking for trouble. You probably
won't damage your hardware, but much likely the DIY thingy won't do the
job in all (or at least most) cases. Better buy a cheap active USB hub
that was tested to work in all (or at least most) cases by a computer
magazine, such as the  

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