Im going to teach you step by step on how to increase the number of usb ports available on your computer. This could cost you under $10 or free.

Step 1: materials

wire strippers/cutters
solder and solder iron (You do not have to solder, but it is recommended)
electrical tape
needle nose pliers

1 usb cord with a male end.
2 or more(I used 2) usb female ends

You can get these materials for under $10. I had these laying around. You can go to the goodwill and pick some up, or a store, or a garage sale.
<p>This will work for powering stuff. What this is doing, is to divide the voltage because both ends are connected parallel. So you can get 5V at one or 2.5V at both ends. But both will never work for real USB-devices. If you just use one of the ends, they should work properly.</p>
<p>Its totally scrap nothing will work only wasted 5 mins of my life to read it</p>
Correct me i'm wrong, but if you were to plug 2 usb devices into this (a flash drive and a webcam, for example), wouldn't both devices fail to work? Don't you need a hub to run multiple devices from 1 port?
This <em>is</em> what they make hubs for. At best, this won't work with two actual devices (devices sending and/or receiving data). At worst it will fry them. You can get a cheap hub for just a few bucks now. I saw a 3 port hub for $4 at Office Depot last week.<br/>
<p>i can buy 4 usb hub at only 2$</p>
I also think it wont work. Maybe for a cheap fan and a cheap led, ok, but a webcam and a flash drive, how could the computer mess with both signal?
also, what about the voltage both device get? split in half?
no, the voltage would not be cut by doing it this way. you would still get the 5v. this looks like a hack to run multiple powered devices from your usb, such as a charger, fan, light, or other item.
right, you still get the 5volts, but you lose the current...hence lower power, and a chance to burn out the USB voltage regulator. Hence dead usb ports, and then the need for a powered hub to even plug in a thunb drive... <br> <br>to be honest, what is the point of this??? to make a usb port take up DOUBLE the space?? <br> <br>this IS NOT taking one usb port into 2 or more....this is how to draw all the current your usb host controller can produce till it burns out...
what would happen id you put a cable going to the male usb to one femail then connect another usb cabble up to the other femail ? would that still only allow the use of one flash druve at a time or could u use bothe ? and would that still burn out the usb regulatior ?
does this really works?what happens if you insert 2 usb drives?
you can only have one device plugged in at a time. now what you can do is have 2 plugs (1 for ipod, and one for camera) and then only have one charging/plugged in at once.
It is a nice thing what you did but unfortunately you cannot use both plugs in the same time ... <br>For using both of them you need an USB hub (also be carefull the cheap hubs aren't 2.0 )!
yea i know. i figured it out that same day after the other comments. i thought it would work, but it doesnt.
how to know male or female end.
If connect two different usb storage into the same time,will work both of them?
Sure you cannot have two WORKING devices at the same time, but you could then have the USB camera cable and the external HD cable connected at the same time. Turn one at a time and avoid having to plug and unplug the devices. This is BRILLIANT!
if you made this just to have another port to charge things, and not to connect another device to your computer, you arnt going to be able to charge two devices at full speed. they would end up going into the lower current charge settings, and take ages.

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