Every computer user comes across a common issue sooner or later in his life. Eventually, some devices stop working without a USB adapter. It’s because the port that device needs is no longer built into the device you bought. Then there’s the issue of devices, which, having been built in the last few years tend to turn obsolete in the current technology and don’t have the port needed for another current device to be attached.
I’ve faced this issue with corded mouse, monitors, keyboard connectors, and more! To make things more complicated, USB adapters are made to fit certain incoming or outgoing port configurations. One device may require a female to male connector, while another device may need male to female, or two male or two female. Fortunately, keyboard and mouse USB adapters are generally made only one way. The keyboard’s PS-2 round connector has only one standard configuration, allowing you to run to the store with the cable in hand to ensure you get the right USB adapter for it on your first trip.
This growing need for USB adapters is being met by an ever-increasing number of stores and outlets willing to help you with your particular adapter requirements, be it the basic PS-2 or audio-video adapters such as HDMI-USB, and others. These adapters come in various forms ranging from short, stubby connectors, to adapters having anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet or more cable lengths between the input and output connectors.
An extensive search for USB adapters doesn’t always end on adapters. One site showed up USB hubs and switches as well. These are not adapters per se, but allow the use of more than one USB device attached to the port. This comes in very handy on laptops, tablets,net books or computers where the number of USB ports is limited.
Keep in mind that not all devices suit an adapter, and can occasionally have unexpected results, or no communication at all. Printers, for example, may not always work through an adapter or a hub, and they need to be directly plugged into your tablet, net book, laptop or computer. As a buyer and as a certified technician, this limitation by various manufacturers can get in the way of a smooth experience, especially when you are focusing on adapters to get the job done.
But do your homework. More often than not, your device will work just fine with the correct USB adapter attached. They, truly, are life savers!!