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rg12 6th January 2011 02:09 AM

Will wireless USB hub lower the quality of my USB sound card output?
Will wireless USB hub lower the quality of my USB sound card output?

This is the USB hub i had my eye on:
NEW Belkin High Speed Wireless USB Hub F5U301 - eBay (item 390276127670 end time Jan-05-11 19:08:36 PST)

and this is my sound card:
AUDIOTRAK Prodigy CUBE External USB Sound Card - eBay (item 110624971376 end time Jan-13-11 17:07:11 PST)

I figured, since the signal is transmitted by wireless before it gets
processed in the sound card, then i will not lower the quality.

That's when you guys come in...

00940 6th January 2011 12:03 PM

Those wireless USB hubs don't pass USB audio. So, it won't work at all.

Too bad... I was interested in that too.

richie00boy 6th January 2011 12:27 PM

How can a wireless hub know whether that data it is being passed is audio or otherwise?

00940 6th January 2011 02:16 PM

Because different kinds of data use different kinds of USB protocols. A printer will use bulk mode, a USB audio device isochronous adaptative. One can only guess that the chip inside don't support all the USB protocols.

If you look at the reviews of those devices on Amazon or on the web, you'll see that people cannot get them to work with USB soundcards or speakers. See for example:

And Belkin's competitors (Iogear) do actually state that their hub doesn't support USB audio speakers ( IOGEAR - GUWH104KIT - Wireless USB Hub and Adapter )

richie00boy 6th January 2011 03:38 PM

OK thanks for the explanation.

theAnonymous1 6th January 2011 03:53 PM

From page 19 of the Belkin F5U301 user manual (link below).....


Support for USB Classes

Audio devices (“USB Audio” class) and some webcams (“USB Video” class), which have isochronous end points, are not supported by the Hub.

rg12 6th January 2011 08:47 PM

Thanks alot, i guess i will just buy a usb extension cord.

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