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Old 08-01-2005, 05:41 PM
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that's too bad: I've found that when you're trying to put things in to the ports on the R51, sometimes one will block the other. Of course, that's just one more argument to get a USB hub.
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Old 08-01-2005, 05:57 PM
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that's too bad: I've found that when you're trying to put things in to the ports on the R51, sometimes one will block the other. Of course, that's just one more argument to get a USB hub.
Yeah, that was one of the good things about the r40's, though the port on the back is hard to reach w/o turning the comp around (you'd be surprised how well a usb device fits into the ethernet port). When they're stacked, it can be hard to use flash drives unless they're pretty thin, at least use them w/o the extender. USB hubs rock and I also suggest getting one.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:05 PM
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that's too bad: I've found that when you're trying to put things in to the ports on the R51, sometimes one will block the other. Of course, that's just one more argument to get a USB hub.

Or to just get a USB extender cable. I used that since a lot of those USB keys will have trouble staying with their wide bodies. I used one extender cable for that.

Even some of the USB network cards (Wireless and Wired) have come with a small 6 inch - 1 foot cable to attach them where that's a problem.
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:17 PM
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Wow. I thought I was a nerd until I read this thread. I wish I understood what was going on.

+1s for everyone. If this board had karma that is
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:38 PM
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we'll pretend it does.

at least, I will.
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:52 AM
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we'll pretend it does.

at least, I will.
Hey, if it hides me from the reality of Friday afternoon shifts....with....someone, the I'll pretend to. Where do I mark on my character sheet that I have +1?
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:39 PM
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are those d&d references.... ?

anyway, more on computers.
I was talking to my techie uncle about the stacked USB ports, hubs, extender cables and so on and so forth and what-nots and what-have-yous, and he mentioned two things:
---The first was a docking station. To my knowledge, it is a little frame that you plug all of your inter/ethernet, USB, ipod, camera, etc. wires into, and then keep all that connected on your desk and then slide the computer in and out when you go to and from the desk.
---The second was a port bar. Same concept, but apparently more difficult to handle and not as good or something (I don't really know).

Anyway, the question is, are these a)things you've already talked about that I have simply misunderstood, b)not routers or anything else illegal to have, and c) are these good, has anyone used them, whats the pro/con vs. a hub, and is it something worth investing my time and money in.
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:50 PM
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meh, I kinda doubt a docking station would be worth it. I mean, the stacked USB ports really aren't that big of an issue (I still think they should be changed, but it's not that bad). If you're putting that many things in and out, you can just get a hub. less expensive, less space taken up on your desk (you can even tape it to the wall or something.
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Old 08-06-2005, 11:05 PM
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are those d&d references.... ?

anyway, more on computers.
I was talking to my techie uncle about the stacked USB ports, hubs, extender cables and so on and so forth and what-nots and what-have-yous, and he mentioned two things:
---The first was a docking station. To my knowledge, it is a little frame that you plug all of your inter/ethernet, USB, ipod, camera, etc. wires into, and then keep all that connected on your desk and then slide the computer in and out when you go to and from the desk.
---The second was a port bar. Same concept, but apparently more difficult to handle and not as good or something (I don't really know).

Anyway, the question is, are these a)things you've already talked about that I have simply misunderstood, b)not routers or anything else illegal to have, and c) are these good, has anyone used them, whats the pro/con vs. a hub, and is it something worth investing my time and money in.
Thanks!!
Cheers,
Ben
I guess it would depend on preference, I dont really like docking stations and they usually are more expensive than a hub. A hub basically plugs into one of your usb ports on the computer, but it provides a larger number of USB ports that you can use (mine gives me 4 usb ports for the one use to plug the hub in). Its good for small usb devices that can pile up in number, but dont require that much power to use (mice, joy sticks, flask keys, ipod cable etc). Since they're usually pretty small, you can tape or even mount them to walls or desks. If your thinking of buying one, just make sure its USB 2.00 compliant and not USB 1 (almost all are nowadays, but never hurts to be sure). As for the port bar, if its not a usb hub in the shape of a bar, I dont really know what that is either.

And neither a docking station or a port bar (I asssume at least), nor a usb hub are illegal to use campus like a router.
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