Hi loungers....I have a hardware question.I am using a SONY Vaio computer, XP fully patched. I have a docking station. The computer has 2 USB ports and the docking station has 3 USB ports. Upto now, I have just been using the ports in any manner that was convenient, but I suspect that there is a preferred way to use these ports.
I like to use SKYPE and so I have a webcam connected to a USB port; I also use a wireless mouse and I have a small (9") second monitor from DoubleSight that runs by connecting it to a USB port (this powers it and provides the video feed).
I bought a USB hub that does not require it's own power source.......how do I figure out which of the available USB ports (2 on the computer, 3 on the docking station) will provide the best power? Is there a recommended way to use USB ports (eg: should I always hook up a webcam or a 2nd monitor to the computer, or can I use the dcoking station ports?).....is there a difference b/w using a port that is on the computer versus using one that is on the docking station? Do I 'weaken' the effectiveness of these ports if I use more than one, or more than two etc etc...?
Anything you can tell me to educate me about the best way to use USB ports and maximize their effectiveness would be great.....thank you.