Cyntech Components, a specialist supplier of electro-mechanical components and power supplies, has partnered with Pimoroni to have Cyntech’s Pi-themed, USB Hub manufactured at Pimoroni’s facility based in Sheffield in the UK. Fully tested and endorsed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the PiHub is available directly from Cyntech through its online shop.
Cyntech’s powered, 4-Port USB Hub addresses a problem commonly encountered when trying to add peripherals to the Raspberry Pi computer, namely the number of USB ports. As Dave Mellor, managing director of Cyntech Components, explains, “The single-port Model A board clearly has limitations but even the two ports of a Model B board are frequently taken up by the computer’s keyboard and mouse. This means if you want to connect any other USB peripheral, such as an external storage device, camera, printer, etc. you will need a powered USB hub to expand the number of available connections.” He went on to add, “A powered hub is also necessary when using any USB device that requires more than the 100mA current that can be supplied by one of the Pi’s USB ports.
Cyntech’s Raspberry Pi USB Hub has four USB ports arranged around the raspberry body with the power supply connection between the leaves. The hub meets the full USB 2.0 “Hi-Speed” specification for data rates up to 480Mbps with three of its ports supporting continuous loads of 500mA, with sufficient headroom to support in-rush currents when external hard drives and the like are connected. The fourth port, which provides power to the Raspberry Pi, is rated at 1.1A to ensure sufficient power for the board and its connected devices.