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Ultra 7-Port USB 2.0 Buddy Hub Review

gotdamojo06    -   December 5, 2007
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Specifications: 

  • Share up to 7 devices between 2 computers
  • 7 Switch buttons with dual LEDs
  • Individually control each device
  • USB 2.0 compliant

 

Testing: 

To test the Ultra Buddy Hub, I will be connecting a few different USB devices to two different computers (Computers A and B) and seeing if the Ultra Buddy Hub will allow the device to be connected to that specific computer. Also I will be connecting a Super Talent DH Flash Drive to each of the computers regular USB ports as well as through the Ultra Buddy Hub to see if there is any difference in performance speeds.

 

Testing Setup: 

Computer A:

  • Intel E6600
  • GA-P35-DQ6
  • G. Skill DDR800
  • Sapphire HD3850
  • OCZ 700W GameXStream
  • Western Digital 320GB 16MB Cache SATA HDD
  • Windows XP Pro With Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft USB Network Adapter
  • Microsoft USB Optical Mouse
  • Saitek Gaming USB Keyboard
  • Super Talent DH Flash Drive

Computer B:

  • Compaq Presario R3000 (laptop)
  • Intel P4 3.0GHz
  • 384MB Ram
  • ATI Radeon Mobility 9000IGP
  • 56GB HDD
  • Windows XP Pro With Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft USB Network Adapter
  • Microsoft USB Optical Mouse
  • Saitek Gaming USB Keyboard
  • Super Talent DH Flash Drive

 

Switching between the two computers using a Microsoft USB Network Adapter, a Microsoft USB Optical Mouse, and a Saitek USB Gaming Keyboard, was all very simple and leaves nothing to test other than the fact that the computer did recognize the device and begin to use it right away. It was just as if you had connected it to the computer, using the regular USB ports. I will be giving the Microsoft USB Network Adapter a little more testing, as I will be downloading the Catalyst Software Suite from ATI's website, which happens to be 45MB. I will be timing the download to see how long it takes through both computers A and B, with and without the Ultra Buddy Hub being used. Testing a flash drive, however, is going to be a little different. There are actual numbers that will be able to show a difference in performance, if there is one.

 

 

To test for a difference in performance between using the flash drive with the Buddy Hub, I will be running Flash Memory Toolkit 1.20's low-level benchmark and file benchmarks.

Read Speed - Low-level Benchmark: 

 

 

Read and Write - File Benchmark 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a performance standpoint, there is not really a great difference between the USB port on the computer and the ports that the Buddy Hub provides. The scores were close on the read side, while the write benchmark showed a performance deficiency. While I had the network adapter connected to both computers, I printed a test file to the network connected printer and all four times I ran it, the file printed correctly each time.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Specifications & Testing
  4. Conclusion
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