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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 06:13 PM

I just added a USB Expansion card to my Desktop PC.

It has 4 USB ports-3 outside, 1 inside.

now my question is what would you use the single inside USB port for?

Mabye its just me but it seems sort of pointless to have a USB port internal. Isnt that what the other types of connectors are for? I.E they are not meant to be removed?

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 10:36 PM

The USB port you are refering to is for connecting a USB port located on the front of the tower.

Some towers have a USB port already built into the front, with a wiring harness which can be attached to USB ports normally found on the motherboard.

Hope this helps answer your question.


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:49 AM

If it's an actual USB socket like the external ones, rather than 4 connecting pins, I think it's to accommodate some older internal USB devices like 3" or 5" panel-mount card readers, which came with a USB lead and a punched rear slot cover. The USB lead ran out through it & you plugged it into a rear USB port. With the internal USB socket, any device like this could have its USB connection hidden inside the system case.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:21 AM

Those USB expansion cards annoy me when they have the actual USB port inside the case. Every card reader I have run across uses the 5 or 10 pin connectors. There are relatively few USB cards that have an actual internal header.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:42 AM

If it's an actual USB socket like the external ones, rather than 4 connecting pins, I think it's to accommodate some older internal USB devices like 3" or 5" panel-mount card readers, which came with a USB lead and a punched rear slot cover. The USB lead ran out through it & you plugged it into a rear USB port. With the internal USB socket, any device like this could have its USB connection hidden inside the system case.


Yeah you are correct.

I didn't even think to ask what type of socket it was, if it is a regular USB port then you are correct, thanks for adding that in there! :thumbsup:
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