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.
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Step 1: Materials
TOOLS and MATERIALS:
solder and solder iron (You do not have to solder, but it is recommended)
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.
Step 2: Stripping
strip all of the wires you have which should be:
wire for male end
2 wires for female ends.
pull back the shiny wires and reveal the colored wires.
Step 3: Connecting the Wires
I have already made this before showing you, so i will just show you how to do 1 wire.
After stripping ALL of the wires, you should be left with 3 white, 3 black, 3 red, and 3 green wires.
twist each wire to its corresponding color. ie:green to green, red to red.
Step 4: After Connected
After you've connected them all, you should have something that looks like the diagram I've drawn.
red ink=red wire
black ink=black wire
blue ink=white wire
green ink=green wire
Step 5: Solder the Wires(optional) and Tape
After twisting the wires together, you may want to solder them to ensure a good connection.
When the solder cools down, tape each individual wire.
Step 6: Tape Up All of the Wires
Now you want to tape all of your wires to avoid exposure. Tightly wrap tape around your previously taped wires.
Step 7: Decorative Case(optional)
You may want to enclose your new usb ports into something to protect them. In this case, I used legos. You want to ensure a tight fit, so take your time.
Now you have multiple usb ports, instead of one. You can also encase all of your wires into one box aswell.