I look back into the days when I first carried a laptop around the world with me. It was big and it has plenty of ways to connect. The whole back of the laptop was full of ports and often there were two rows of connectors. Now it is less back breaking to carry a laptop, but there are far less ports for connections. I’ll share an option today with an Amazon link for which I earn a tiny commission and I didn’t receive a free one.
My current laptop has two USB ports. A mouse receiver lives in one of those two ports. So how can I connect a tablet, a flash drive, a phone charger or any of the other USB devices I own. WiFi is great, but there are times you want a hard-wired connection and there is no Ethernet port to be found on the laptop. That’s where the TECKNET 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub With RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter comes in very handy.
Plug the adapter into one of your USB 3.0 ports and it gives you three USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet adapter as fast as a gigabyte. Best of all, the adapter is quite small and fits nicely in the laptop bag you carry. Perfect if you have the backpack I wrote about in SwissGear Backpack Perfect for Traveling with Laptop, Tablet and More. Expansion like this can be had for under $20 for Amazon. So if your laptop is short on ports, grab up the adapter!
Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.