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I suspect you are thinking about external card slots and I am talking about hidden, internal bus connectors. Most modern laptops have one to three internal mini-PCI Express connectors and there is a good chance that one of them is open. At least one will have a WIFI card installed. It might be a combination WIFI and Bluetooth card.
Most people don't know about the internal Mini-PCI Express connectors.
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Waikoloa, Hi 96738
On your “mini-PCI” slot – I don’t think laptops have had
those for some 10 years now. It’s all USB port technology in current
I Didn’t know that Belkin was one of the “bad” choices. The 7-port USB-3
hub I saw at Tiger Direct yesterday, was a Kensington device. There aren’t many
choices for USB-3 hubs so far.
What do you think of Kensington for quality of such
products – compared to Belkin, etc. ?
The other thing I mentioned was whether the USB-3 hub
would throttle down to USB-2 speed to the laptop USB-3 native port, if ANY
client device is a USB-2. The USB-2 hubs are usually constructed with
“independent processor chips”, each handling only 2 USB ports, so a 7-port hub
would have 4 separate sets of dual USB-2 clients. Assuming that to be also true
for the USB-3 version multi-port hub, I wonder if it would be possible to
connect USB-2 clients (to their own chips), and USB-3 clients to the
remaining client chip “ports”. A USB-2 and USB-3 client pair would then not be
handled by the same chip. Perhaps that scheme might not throttle down the entire
hub device when their is a “mixed configuration” on the one hub. In such a
scheme, the user might attach his slow USB-2 devices to say one pair of chips,
and the faster USB-3 clients to the remaining two chips. Hopefully, the
laptop connection will still go at full USB-3 native speed.
Don’t know enough about USB interfacing to be certain
about what would happen with a client USB speed mix. Would be interesting to