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    Using a USB Switch

    Can I use a USB switch on one or both ports on my Wii?

    I currently have a hard drive in port 0 and my internet connection in port 1. I want to add a flash drive to port 1 but I don't want to lose my internet nor do I want to plug/unplug items when they are needed/not needed.

    If I can use a switch should I use one that come with it's own power supply?

    Does anyone have any recommendations?

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    I use a powered hub with my Wii and I've had no issues. I have both Wode cables, my ethernet adapter in it. I've also used various other USB devices like microphones, flash drives etc. So yeah, you'll be fine.

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    What's wrong with wireless internet would be my question, lol.

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    Nothing for anyone who prefers wifi.

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    Yes, I simply mean the Wii was designed for Wi-Fi... and I wanted to make sure the OP didn't overlook that obvious fact. Some people are so enslaved to the concepts of one console (XBox 360 for example), that they get caught up and fail to realize wired/wireless in terms of built-in capability aren't always the same

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    I use a regular usb hub. It does not have it's own power supply. Similiar to this one.

    But just use it in the slot that your hdd is not plugged in, because the wii will not find the drive through the hub.


    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    What's wrong with wireless internet would be my question, lol.
    Maybe the OP doesn't have a wireless router?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Yes, I simply mean the Wii was designed for Wi-Fi... and I wanted to make sure the OP didn't overlook that obvious fact. Some people are so enslaved to the concepts of one console (XBox 360 for example), that they get caught up and fail to realize wired/wireless in terms of built-in capability aren't always the same
    True enough, I just can't help but default to Ethernet when gaming. I have had minor issues with latency when gaming on my PC, so I don't bother with wifi when I don't have to. I guess I'm just hardwired that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faria1st View Post
    I use a powered hub with my Wii and I've had no issues. I have both Wode cables, my ethernet adapter in it. I've also used various other USB devices like microphones, flash drives etc. So yeah, you'll be fine.
    Thanks for your answer.

    Would you please tell me what model hub you are using?

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    Sure. I have the 4-port version of this belkin hub:
    Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Mobile Hub F5U701-BLK

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    What's wrong with wireless internet would be my question, lol.
    Nothing wrong with wireless. I didn't think about it because I have wired internet right where I have the Wii.

    Quote Originally Posted by playerkp420 View Post
    I use a regular usb hub. It does not have it's own power supply. Similiar to this one.

    But just use it in the slot that your hdd is not plugged in, because the wii will not find the drive through the hub.
    Do I understand you correctly that the Wii won't find the flash drive if it's plugged into a hub?

    Quote Originally Posted by Faria1st View Post
    Sure. I have the 4-port version of this belkin hub:
    Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Mobile Hub F5U701-BLK
    Thanks again. I'm going to check it out.
    Last edited by Brian; 09-17-2011 at 12:29 PM.

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