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Product: USB 4-Port Hub
Company: Belkin
Estimated Street Price: $49.98
Review By: Matthew Sabean


As my numerous devices that require a USB connection have grown I have found myself in need of a USB Hub to fit all of these "must needed" accessories.  While shopping around my main objective was to find one that was fairly inexpensive but diverse enough to add on in the future.  The Belkin USB 4-Port Hub fit this requirement to the letter.  This device would give me the added few ports that I needed for now and the ability to add on in the future should the need arise.

The Features

  • Supports both OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface)
  • Provides four downstream ports
  • Both self-powered and bus-powered mode are automatically detected
  • Per-port overcurrent detection and protection
  • Hot insertion capabilities
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB) Compliant
  • Can be used as a module to the Belkin BusStation

Advanced Features

I was impressed with the fact that the Belkin 4-Port Hub could operate with or without the included power source. When used in the bus-powered mode (without power) the hub will supply each devise 100mA of power which should be enough for most mice, joysticks, and other low-power devices. In the self-powered mode (with power) this Hub provides 500mA to each downstream port allowing for connection to other hubs as well as some really power hungry devices such as my USB Camera.


  • Connect the AC adapter to the power jack on the hub and a power source
  • Connect the USB-A connector of the USB cable into the downstream port of the PC or another hub
  • Connect the USB-B connector of the USB cable into the upstream port of the hub
  • As soon as you plug the USB-A connector into the USB port, the Window below will appear

Found New Hardware

  • Your computer may take a few minutes to find the General purpose USB Hub

Found New Hardware

  • Connect the USB-A connector of the USB device, such as a mouse into any downstream port of the hub

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Setup: 93%
Manual: 90%
Features: 93%
Cost: 92%
Ease of Use: 95%

Overall: 93%

When you have out grown the two USB ports of your computer and are in need of additional space the Belkin 4-Port USB Hub is certainly the way to go. I found it extremely easy to install and in minutes all my devices were up and running without even having to re-boot my system. With Belkins self powered feature, it will allow me to add additional hubs allowing up to 127 different devices to be connected to a single USB port.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 93%
Version Reviewed F5U101 USB 4-Port Hub for the PC
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 USB  4 Port
1 USB Device Cable 6'
1 Universal Power Adapter
1 Manual
The Good Points Easy Set-up
Just Plug N Play
The Bad Points None
Similar To 4 port USB Hub (Atmel Chipset)
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 800
Windows XP Professional
356 MB PC700 RDAM 356mhz w/ECC
DirectX 8.1
21" Trinitron Monitor
32MB NVIDIA TNT2 M64 4X AGP Graphics Card
SideWinder Plug & Play Game Pad
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
Sound Blaster Live!

DVD TV Player - RCA - RC5223P
DVD-ROM - Creative PC-DVD Encore
                  MK5005 8X Dxr3

PC Required Windows 95/98 NT/2000


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