Here’s a tip for both the MAC and PC user setting up in Miami Beach. Access to the free Wi-fi hot spots below 20’ in the beach areas is common now. So listen up:
This is Old school vs. New school stuff. If your smartphone is broken or you must use your laptop in the free zone of your Miami Beach apartment, or you just want to avoid paying for an Internet service provider, you’ll want to know this about the way your apartment is wired.
Most ancillary devices these days use a USB interface. Typically, your laptop or desktop will come with a norm of four (4) ports. And there are two types: Self-powered and bus-powered. I do not recommend using external bus-powered USB hubs at all. Ever! Power drains happen in South Florida.
Most gadget guys and gals will use more than 4 ports these days, i.e.: mouse, keyboard, scanner, printer, VOIP device, external hard drives, card readers, iPods, iPhones and web cams to name a few.
Something you should know about the hub which will help you reduce power usage, save you money and avoid heat issues that can damage both ancillary devices and the hub itself. So listen: This will prolong the life of your external devices:
Don’t use a 7 port hub—instead use two self-powered 4 port hubs. And here’s the key to hooking them up:
In your abode there are two types of walls—Interior and Bearing. The interior walls that separate rooms are on a different series circuit than your outside bearing walls—unless your abode was built pre-1960s.
Hook up one hub to a surge protector or line conditioner with surge protection and plug it to the bearing wall. Hook the other which should be plugged into a different series circuit via another surge protector. That is to say, hook one to the bearing wall circuit and the other to an interior wall circuit and then connect the two hubs via USB to USB.
The line to your computer is used by one of the open 8 (now in series, but independently powered) sockets.
In the event of power sag, one supports the other—much like a raid or mirror system.
You now have 7 independently powered sockets for your USB devices which should not overheat or fail. The power drain on your devices should remain constantly minimal and their life expectancy should exceed factory warranty.
One last tip: Don’t buy cheap equipment with limited or no warranties. Buy warrantee-by-manufacturer stuff. A certain percentage of ancillaries always fail due to quality control failure. Always buy from a company who will take it back for any reason.
Reduce your power usage and you reduce your spending habits and save energy and money guys and gals.