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Ethernet Hub
Ethernet Hub  

Ethernet Switch
Ethernet Switch  
Dear ZZ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB‎
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Internal-USB-Port-Cards/zgbs/elec
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_hub‎
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_switch
http://www.everythingusb.com/superspeed-usb.html

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
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

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There are two areas that I have no experience or knowledge:

Manufacturing cost elements.  Meaning, would there be a cost savings?  I do not know.

Compatibility issues relating to data transfer and control issues?  I do not know the answer.

I recommend you consult with other experts in these areas.  

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Electronics questions about AC, DC and digital theory.

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Graduate electrical engineer with over 40 years in electronic design, manufacturing, project organization and patent review. Experience in fields of industrial and consumer electronics (audio, video, acoustics, etc.)

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