USB Cable (Universal Serial Bus) is the most popular connection use to connect a computer to devices.
Such as digital cameras, printers, scanners, and external hard drives.
USB is a cross-platform technology that is supports by most of the major operating systems.
On Windows, it can be uses with Windows 98 and higher.
USB is a hot-swappable technology, meaning that USB devices can be added and remove without having to restart the computer.
USB is also “plug and play”. When you connect a USB device to your PC.
Windows should detect the device and even install the drivers needed to use it.
There are two versions of USB. The original version of USB, USB 1.0.
Only supports speeds of up to 11 Mbps and is mostly to connect keyboards and mice.
The latest version of USB, which is known as USB 2.0, supports speeds of up to 480 Mbps.
In order to take advantage of the higher speeds of USB 2.0, you will need to have ports installed on your computer that is also USB 2.0.
Most computers built in the last three years will include USB 2.0 ports.
When buying USB cables make sure they say Certified High-Speed USB on the box so that you are getting the fastest cable.
Types Of USB Cables
- USB 3
USB connectors come in three different types:
- The Type-A connector is the flat connector that plugs into the USB port on your computer.
- The other end of the USB cable can be either Type B or mini-Type B. The bigger, square-shaped Type B connector is often used for scanners and hard drives.
- A smaller, trapezoid-shaped mini-Type B is used for cameras, MP3 players and other smaller devices.
Types of USB cables – conclusion
So, there you have it.
These are the many versions of USB cables that are in use today.
Some of them are being phased out, while others are set to become the new standard for smartphones and other mobile devices in the near future.