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USB Speeds

Monday, January 5th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

USB Speeds

If you’ve gotten a new computer in the last few years, it more than likely came with USB ports. If you’re not sure, USB ports are the little slots on either the front or back of your computer that you can use to plug in certain devices, such as a flash drive or digital camera. USB ports come in two different speeds: 2.0 and 1.0, with 2.0 being faster. Most newer PCs have the 2.0 speed, but if you purchased yours quite awhile ago, you may have the 1.0 speed. So, if you’ve ever wondered which speed you have, keep reading to learn how you can find out!

To get to your computer’s USB area, you need to right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose Properties. Next, click on the Hardware tab and then hit the Device Manager button. When the new window opens, scroll down to the very bottom where it says Universal Serial Bus controllers. Click on the plus sign (+) next to that and all of your USB information will come up. You may have quite a few listings or you may only have a few. It just depends on how many ports came with your computer and if you’ve added any yourself.

If you see one that says something like “USB Enhanced Host Controller,” that means you have the 2.0 speed. The “Enhanced” part is what sets the 2.0 apart from the slower speed. On my computer, that entry was the very last one, so make sure you look through your whole list before you make any assumptions. Also, just for your information, if one of your USB ports is 2.0, it’s likely that all of your ports will be the same. That goes for the 1.0 speed as well. Most computers don’t come with two different port speeds. So, tell me, how does it feel to know what kind of USB speed your PC is running? Pretty darn good, huh? Check yours out today!

~ Erin

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