Add 5 USB 2.0 ports to any desktop computer with a PCI slot. This PCI-based High Speed USB 2.0 Adapter Card adds five USB 2.0 ''A'' Female ports (1 internal, 4 external) to your PCI-capable PC.
Supported by popular operating systems including Windows 98SE, the PCI USB 2.0 card is a versatile solution that lets you add USB 2.0 connections without having to upgrade the system motherboard. A convenient and time-saving solution, the PCI USB card is WHQL certified to simplify driver installation in Windows XP operating environments, and supports USB device hot-swapping - allowing you to connect/disconnect USB peripherals without having to power down the computer.
Designed and constructed to provide long-lasting USB capability, the adapter card is backed by StarTech.com''s Lifetime Warranty and free lifetime technical support.
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I was making my new machine and having many usb ports isn't a bad thing. Everything takes a port from you. Also it's better than a USB hub because you don't need to plug it in and it clutters the room up (probably would have crappy LED on it too).
I bought this as I was running out of USB ports on my desktop. With mouse, keyboard, bluetooth adaptor, RF remote receiver, headset, and webcam plugged in constantly, I didn't have much left for external harddrives or usb keys. Adding one of these helped alleviate that problem, and for the 8 bucks I paid it was definitely worth it.
My brother has an older case/motherboard that has messed up USB ports. He can't even get external 2.5" USB hard drives to properly install and work. For < $10, he has 4 fully functioning USB 2.0 ports now. Very easy to install... Win7 recognized it and it worked right away.
The device adds extra USB ports to a computer. I haven't had any problems with it and my only complaint is that the USB plugs stick out a little too much after they get plugged into the card.
I needed to get USB 2.0 support on an old OEM machine with an 850 Mhz Celeron to use as a security webcam server. There was nothing I could do to get the cams I bought working properly on the built in USB 1.1 ports, just terrible, inconsistent performance.
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