Do i need a powered usb hub for airport extreme if i am using more than one usb device, ie printer and 2 hard drives?? If i don't will AE run hot?

  • Asked by Bobbi Jo S from Albuquerque
  • Nov 29, 2009
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    Unless you have a small USB drive, it is unlikely it will run off the USB bus itself - if the hard drive has a power brick then you don't need to plug it into a powered hub.

    The printer will definitely *not* run off USB power.

    If both of your hard drives are the small laptop size (2.5") with no external power brick then you will need a powered hub to run them.

    The AE won't run hot in any case - the USB port can only supply 5v at 500mA, so if you try to request more it will simply refuse to provide it. You can't "overload" it by plugging too many USB things in.

    • Answered by Graham Joseph J
    • Nov 21, 2011