The other day, we discussed ASICMiner USB Block Erupters, which are USB sticks that mine Bitcoin for you. They offload all the processing work to themselves and have a very minimal power draw. If you want to get the most out of your host device, you can chain a lot of them together for a lot of block processing power.
To do so, you need a very high quality USB hub that is compatible with the Block Erupters, and this Anker 9-Port Hub is adequate in that regard.
This hub is USB 3.0, which is the latest spec for USB devices. USB 3.0 (Superspeed) offers extremely fast data transfer rates which cap at roughly 5Gbps. This metric won’t make too much of a difference with your Bitcoin mining power, but it provides enough juice to all of your USB sticks to keep them working at max efficiency.
If you’re looking to run multiple Block Erupters chained together on a single host computer, this is by far the best hub you can get that can handle all of them and look good doing it as well. Since it’s USB 3.0, you can also rest assured it will have utility very far ahead into the future. Anker’s hub will work with both Windows-based machines as well as OSX machines. Plugging the hub into a power outlet is necessary for it to output the needed juice to keep all of your USB miners going.