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Allowing for another Motherboard USB Connection

Posted on 2011-09-05
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Hi,
I recently purchased an internal Media Card Reader that connects to the motherboard using USB 2.0. However, my motherboard has only 2 USB ports and because the front panel of the chassis has 4 USB ports it needs both of the ports.

Can you get an internal adapter for a motherboard that can plug in to the single port and then branch out in to 2 ports? I'd be surprised if you can't as it is the same concept as an external USB Hub but I don't know what to call it so I haven't found one yet

Or maybe there is another way to create an additional internal usb port?

Thanks in advance,
Ben
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Why don't you just buy an additional USB card? They are pretty cheap and many have an internal header and they generally work without issues. Apart from that I haven't seen an "Internal USB Hub" like what you are looking for...:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=usb+card&x=0&y=0
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Hi rindi,
I'd be happy to go with this method but having looked through several of them, they all appear to have a standard USB 2.0 port. (See USB 2.0 Port.jpg). My connector is as seen in USBConnector.jpg. Have you seen a USB card with this sort of port internally or would I need to get a seperate adapter?

Forgive my terminology, I may have mislead you. What would you call the USB port on the motherboard?

Ben
USB-2.0-Port.jpg
USBConnector.jpg
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by:Beircheart
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Came across an internal hub here:
http://www.sealevel.com/store/hub4p-oem-embedded-high-speed-4-port-usb-2-0-hub.html

See the price of it?? :D

I won't be paying that anytime soon
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Just get yourself a USB cable (maybe of a broken device you don't need anymore) and adapt the wiring so you can use that other connector. Below is an explanation of the pin-outs:

http://pinouts.ru/Slots/USB_pinout.shtml
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by:Beircheart
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Aye aye

Thanks rindi
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By the way, just found a suitable PCI card:
http://www.dabs.ie/products/startech-com-7-port-pci-usb-adapter-card-6LD1.html?q=pci%20usb%20header

In case that link should die, the name of the card is a StarTech 7 Port PCI USB Card Adapter
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