Components for Building Computers From Scratch/USB Switches and Hubs.


QUESTION: Dear Keith‎‎

Can there be advantages in manufacturing Ethernet based USB Switches and Hubs similar to Ethernet 10/100 MBPS, Gigabit Ethernet switches for sharing computers and peripherals ?.

For example :

24 port Ethernet Switch / Hub having USB Ports on the Device, the Data transfer will be through USB Cables connected from USB Ports
on those devices to computers (servers,laptops,workstations,peripherals etc) having USB LAN Controllers.

i.e. Comparing data transfer speeds offered by 10/100 MBPS Ethernet, Gigabit ethernet v/s USB technology.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: This says it better than I can:

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QUESTION: Dear Keith

Thank you.

Do you feel USB 3.0 technology can overcome this limitations in terms of data transfer speed and distance over Ethernet ?.

i.e. USB 3.0 LAN/MAN/WAN Networks over Ethernet 10/100 MBPS, Gigabit Ethernet Networks.

i.e. USB Cards, USB adapters, USB Cables, USB Hubs, USB Switches, USB Devices etc.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Really what it boils down to is USB is made for storing, transferring, and having a dependable fast data transfer between devices. Also ease of compatibility of devices. Ethernet was made for data transfer over a network. USB wasn't made for it, Ethernet was. Two different technologies made for two different things.

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Keith Davis


I can answer most any question in this category for the home desktop builder and for most gaming PC builders. This includes what kind of case, cooling products, overclocking, all hardware, software, and safety issues. I can also advise on where the best sources for purchasing hardware are on the net.


100's of system builds from Win 2k through Win7 for customers as a self-employed PC technician with 100% customer satisfaction. Most experienced with XP and Vista.

4 classes short of my Networking degree.

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