TECH TIP – What’s in the Back of Your Computer – the USB Port
You have a variety of ports in the back of your computer. The age of your computer determines what ports you have. In the next couple weeks, we will talk about these ports. But today – the USB port.
This is a new port added to PCs and Macs within the last several years. This port first came on the scene in 1996. It is supported in Windows 98 and above and Mac OS 8.6 and above.
Click here to have a look at some USB ports
The USB port is used to connect a variety of peripherals to your computer, such as printers, digital cameras, MP3 portable players, keyboards, mice, scanners, zip drives, jump drives and external hard drives. Besides the obviously benefit of faster speed, the USB port is “hot-swappable.” That means you can plug and unplug devices without first shutting down the computer and then restarting - a great improvement over the other ports in the back of your computer. (You should use the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the Task Bar to remove peripherals).
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Computers manufactured after March, 2002 came out with a faster USB - USB 2.0 (also called High-Speed USB). These connections have a transfer speed of 480 mbps. Wow – that’s 40 times faster than USB 1.1.
1.1 - 2.0 Compatibility
Expanding your ports
Adding USB ports
If you have no USB in your computer, you can add a USB adapter card to give you USB connections. You will then be able to take advantage of all the new USB peripherals mentioned earlier.
USB is great technology and will be with us for a long time. Take advantage of it.
Want to learn more
about USB – here’s a good article:
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