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So today I received quite a scare when I turned my system on - none of my USB devices were working.
It seems that something has gone wrong with the USB2 controller on my motherboard, because I am receiving an error on both of those Intel ports in the device manager. (the Renesas USB3 ports are working fine)

But this just had me realise - I have a lot of expensive equipment connected to these USB ports, and in particular, a USB hub. (I need the extension and additional power)

This just got me wondering - is there anything like an in-line surge protector for your USB devices? I'm not talking about a surge protector that also has USB charging ports, but something to protect devices connected to a computer. I've already had the USB3 ports blow on this motherboard in the past (ASUS Sabertooth) and now this. (fortunately my devices are fine though)

Are there any "pro-grade" USB hubs? (I'm not using a cheap one though)
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I don't have any help to offer but i can relate to the usb issue. I ve lost a usb port on my G19. Pluged iphone in to charge and got a error message and that port no longer works.

I am thinking that usb ports can only deliver so much power (derp) and the protection on them is sometimes poor. The hub gives you extra ports but still relies on the one port you are drawing from does it not? Is this like plugging a power bar with ten outlets on it into the wall and then wondering why the breaker trips?
Edited by Addict1973 - 11/20/12 at 5:19pm
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I need to use a hub because my tower is in another physical location from my display, keyboard, and mouse. Quiet PC builds are good, but never silent, and I don't want to deal with that heat & noise. (I'm surprised anyone has called the FT02 case I use "quiet")

I use a powered hub/extension because it supplies power to the devices locally, rather than them drawing power from the single USB port on the tower it's connected to.

My concern is what happens if either something happens to fry the port on the computer (internal fault etc.) or if the power brick fails for some reason.

That's why I was wondering if there were any pro-grade hubs that offer surge protection on the USB ports themselves, rather than simply connecting a surge protector to the power brick, which will protect from an external surge in the mains, but not if the power brick itself fails, or something happens with the tower.

Not that it's an issue for me, but I recently read a post about someone having connected their case's front panel connector to the Firewire header on their motherboard rather than the USB header by mistake (same pinout, at least on ASUS boards) which fried every device that was plugged into it. That's a terrifying prospect, when you are talking about plugging in devices which can cost hundreds of dollars.
Edited by NotAgain - 11/21/12 at 11:22am
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