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Belkin Network USB Hub

by Belkin
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Back up to and access data from external harddrives, USB flash drives, and other USB storage devices
  • Connect and access up to 5 USB devices via the Network USB Hub
  • Play and transfer music from any external harddrive or MP3 player connected to the Network USB Hub
  • Reliable and easy-to-use print server: the Network USB Hub enables your computer to access printers as if they are directly attached to the computer
  • Share devices such as multifunction printers, media readers, and scanners with anyone on your network
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Technical Details
Item Weight821 g
Product Dimensions21 x 20.8 x 8.8 cm
Item model numberF5L009uk
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 37,276 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight821 g
Date First Available4 Oct 2007
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Box Contains

USB lead

Product Description

Belkin Network USB Hub F5L009UK Networks Switches Hubs. The Belkin USB HUB is not compatible with MACS.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever, but flawed. 2 Sep 2009
Having seen this and read about its capabilities, I thought it would be an excellent "cure" for the USB unplug/replug marathon that awaits me every time I take or return my laptop to its desktop role. Keep all USB devices plugged in and connect to them over the network anywhere in the house? Never unplug or replug USB again? Print and scan and use hard drives and finger print readers anywhere? What a cool idea! I couldn't wait to get one.

And it even seemed to work! And then its limitations started to dawn, and the lovely plans I had for it collapsed.

Unfortunately the Belkin Network USB Hub does seem to suffer from a few fatal glitches which have made many of its most promising uses impossible and relegated it into the strictly "printer only" role, rather a waste for a piece of equipment so otherwise sophisticated, which is a terrible shame.

On the hardware side, it does seem to be rather prone to overcurrent; while a real USB port should pump out at least 500 mA (and sometimes up to 1 A), the Belkin hub apparently does much less, which pretty much rules out many USB-powered drives or scanners unless you invest in an additional self-powered hub. Overcurrent doesn't damage the box, but it does disable it (another glitch: the box isn't re-enabled when the offending item is unplugged, and will keep telling you to remove the offending but now-absent device over and over until you reboot it). My scanner and external DVD writer immediately disabled the box when plugged in, as did a 2.5" hard drive.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 8 Sep 2008
Well I bought one of these after reading the reviews. Have used Belkin before and I have previously been very happy with them.

This time things are different though.

I have installed the device exactly as directed and connected a HP multi function printer along with an external hard disk. I have one computer directly connected to the router, and a second laptop which connects wirelessly.

The printer seems to work fine, and the hard disk works fine on the computer directly connected to the router. But whenever I try to use the laptop it just freezes half way through any disk operations and causes windows explorer to stop responding. the only way to recover is to turn the disk off whereupon I get a warning that I didn't shut it down properly! I have tried and tried but it is refusing to work.

Things got even more frustrating when I tried to contact Belkin customer support web-chat. It took me over half an hour to get the message across to the representative what exactly the problem was, whereupon he copied and pasted the FAQ from the support site (which I had already read) and said that the device did not support all USB devices because of the difference in speed between USB and the network connection. (Surely the fact that it works fine on the wired connection shows that this is not correct?)

I have now officially given up and will be returning the device tomorrow. It promised so much and failed to deliver. And the customer support has also failed to deliver!

Anyone know where I could get one that actually works?
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204 of 211 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but no prize... (yet). 20 Oct 2007
When I first read about this device I thought what a great idea and bought one as soon as it was available and while still being pleased that that I did, it wasn't all plain sailing...

If you want a clever print server with the ability to share 'slow' USB devices over a small network, then it's right on the money. However, if you're after something to share 'fast' devices then you'll either be out of luck or you'll find your devices slowed to about a tenth of their speed. To be fair, Belkin do state in their adverts that "Data-transfer rates do not support some high-speed/high-bandwidth USB devices such as HD-streaming webcams or other video-transfer applications", but then they also go on to say that the device has 5 x USB 2.0 hubs and to talk about using external hard disks with it. Technically they are correct, you can plug in USB 2.0 devices such as external hard drives but don't expect USB 2.0 performance via this hub.

On the plus side, the hub is very small and neat measuring about 6 inches square by about an inch tall and has a tiny green power LED on the front. If you have a Belkin N1 router or their Mac mini hub then they'll stack nicely on top. Setting up the software is relatively easy, although when I ran the setup routine I was not offered any way to change the IP address of the device so if you don't have DHCP on your network things will be a lot more tricky. (You can change the device from a dynamic to a static IP address via it's browser interface - if you can find the password)! That aside, once I had the software installed on both an XP and a Vista PC, I set about connecting my Canon ip4000 printer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for ESXi 5.1 u1
Working in a Server 2012 VM for USB keyboard and mouse pass through. Need to set the broadcast address in the program interface before it can find the device with multiple subnets... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Geek
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible..
Bought one of these directly from Belkin's Ebay store and it has to be the worst piece of hardware I have owned. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Halsall
4.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, but as with all good ideas it gets you thinking...
The idea of being able to connect USB devices over your home network is amazing. I started by wanting to make my printer available over the network but then started thinking what... Read more
Published 14 months ago by 2Point9Children
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says on the box, but Mac users with 10.6 or higher beware
I had my doubts when I bought this but it was the only thing on the market at the time for a reasonable price that gave me wireless access to my USB drives, of which I have a few. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Launchpad
5.0 out of 5 stars First class for print sharing
This is a first class piece of kit. I connected my old laser printer and newish Canon Pixma. The newer printer auto-configured finding the correct driver and connecting up my... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Goldgraham
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay device, but doesn't work with Apple iPhone etc.
Its a good little box, but I was looking to use it with my iPhone which this device doesn't work with. The iPhone is detected as a scanner and then doesn't show up in iTunes. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by liquidstate
4.0 out of 5 stars Belkin Hub - Why not to buy it from 'A to Z'
The device does what it's supposed to, but I suggest you don't buy it from 'A to Z'. When I did the item was supposed to be new, but when it turned up it clearly wasn't. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by R. Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars hub
Not trouble-free. I got it so I could move around with my laptop and still have access to my external drives, but it keeps losing the drive. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by frustrated
1.0 out of 5 stars Any slower and it would be in reverse...
As a network engineer (for 30 years) I've used Belkin's excellent equipment for many years, and I assumed that this unit would be of the same quality. IT'S NOT...! Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by John Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars It works for me
I have a desk top machine running windows vista and a laptop running windows 7.
I can now share the one printer which only has a usb connection between the two and it works... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by JY
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