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Can you use a USB hub for both sensors?

The_Batcave1280The_Batcave1280 Posts: 8
I have Dell Inspiron 15 and it has 3 USB 3.0 and an HDMI port. Yes, I know that's enough BUT, I also wanted to use an external hard drive. So I wanted to use two sensors on hub, headset on computer port and hard drive on computed port. Is it possible? Simplified answer preferably because I don't really know THAT much about computers.

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  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    Hub are problematic because you will run out of bandwidth and may get spotty tracking. However, laptops are even more problematic, and there is a good chance it won't even work at all.
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  • Sh4rky.UKSh4rky.UK Posts: 10
    Just to counter the above, i use a usb3 hub on my front two sensors without issue.  No tracking problems and the hub itself is connected to my desktop via a 3m extension cable.

    Not saying it'll work for everyone but it does for me :)

  • Nervous.TemperatureNervous.Temperature Posts: 39
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    I highly recommended to get the hub with external power, otherwise you will have device dropping off and on.

    This is the one I'm using above when I need more plugs, currently my laptop just use up all the ports.

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  • RolzRolz Posts: 197
    I run my 2 sensors off a powered usb3 hub with no issues, wouldn't recommend non-powered usb hub.
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  • KnilXKnilX Posts: 1
    edited February 2019
    For all of you using a VR ready laptop with only 3 usb 3 ports like me, you can use a power supply usb hub for 1 sensor and the headset usb WARNING ! the headset needs to be on one of the power plugs and the sensor too (so far from my experience), also it has to be with a usb 2.0 cable cause it will conflict if keep as usb 3.0.
    (Edit) forgot to say that I tried with a usb 3.0 cable
    and did not work at all.

    This is what I'm using:
    2017 HP Omen 17" i7 7700HQ, 16 bg ddr4 ram, 256 ssd,1T hdd, and GTX 1070 non MaxQ, 4k g-sync

    pretty much this with 4k

    And using that exact same hub

    So everyone having issues with the setup the extra sensor will show as orange with poor tracking but is fine I see no performance problem compared to before when I was using 2 cameras only,
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