USB C and USB 3.1 are Changing the Game

USB C and USB 3.1 are Changing the Game

If you are purchasing a new computer, smartphone or tablet in the next few years, then there is a good chance that it will have the new USB C port that supports USB 3.1 technology. The challenge you may face with this new device is figuring out how to connect it to all of your existing devices.

C2G will offer products that will connect a new laptop or desktop with a USB C port to most of your existing devices. For example, if you purchased the new Chromebook Pixel and want to connect to your existing phone, you can use the USB 2.0 USB C to Micro B cable. If you need to connect the USB Mini B port of an existing hub to a 2015 Apple MacBook, then you’ll need a USB 2.0 Type C to Mini B cable. This would allow you to continue to use all of your existing USB devices, like a keyboard, mouse, and an external hard drive, through a single USB C port. If you have a printer that requires the standard USB B port, don’t throw it away, simply use the C2G USB 2.0 Type C to USB B Cable.

Though you will be able to connect your existing devices using C2G cables and adapters, it is important to note that those existing devices will not be able to take advantage of all of the new features offered by the USB C port and the USB 3.1 technology. Typically, a USB C port will utilize all of the features of the USB 3.1 specification which include a bandwidth of 5-10 Gbps and up to 100 watts of power. Connecting an existing USB 1.1, USB 2.0, or USB 3.0 device to a new USB C port with USB 3.1 technology means that those devices will be limited to the lowest common speed of all connection devices. For example, a USB 2.0 device connected to a USB C port on a laptop will only operate at the transfer speeds and power for a USB 2.0 connection. So while a new laptop can handle a much faster transfer rate and power for charging devices and your old devices will not be able to utilize these speeds and additional power, you will be able to connect them and use them as you do today with USB Type C to USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 cables.

Another challenge that you may face with your new computer, smartphone or tablet is a limited number of ports. The manufacturers of these devices are looking to make USB C the only port on their devices. This means, aside from one or two Type C ports, you will have no other connection options. This is great for decreasing the size and cost of the devices, but not so great for all of the existing USB devices you wish to connect to your new laptop. C2G will be launching a USB C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and a USB C 4-Port Hub to overcome this obstacle. The Gigabit Ethernet adapter will allow to you connect to a network with a cable for wired Internet access. This is useful in situations where you may not be able to connect to a wireless network for security or speed reasons. The 4-Port hub will provide four USB A ports for connecting up to four existing USB 1.1, USB 2.0, or USB 3.0 devices to a single USB C port on your new laptop. This means that you will still be able to connect and use your existing devices like cellphones, cameras, thumb drives, and other devices.

One thing is for sure, things are changing. We are likely to face challenges, but it is important to remember that C2G will continue to evolve with technology by offering products that will keep you connected.

By Keith Honigford and Jennifer Crotinger

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