Clearing Up Some USB Confusion
I have seen some questions about the new SpyderX devices and their compatibility with various forms of USB. This confusion starts with the fact that USB C ports showed up about the same time as USB 3, so some people assume that they are USB 3 ports. Let’s start with the plug end of things.
USB A is the flat end of a typical USB cable that plugs into your computer; the one you have to flip over once or twice before you get it right side up. It has been around since USB 1 and is compatible with USB 2 and 3, as well. This is the type of plug that is on SpyderX, since it’s the most common form used to this day.
USB C is a smaller port and plug that works either side up and which some recent computers offer, usually in addition to standard USB A ports. Apple tends to cut the cord on older formats first, and their laptops are the only common devices to offer only USB C ports, with no additional USB A ports. Most everyone who owns these recent MacBooks have already acquired a USB A to C adaptor, so that they can plug in their USB devices; this adaptor would be needed to attach a SpyderX to these computers as well.
USB 1, 2, 3
SpyderX is compatible with USB 1.1, 2.x and 3.x, via any USB A port of any speed, as well as working with USB C ports and adaptors. Using ports directly on your computer, or on a powered hub, is recommended, to assure that the Spyder gets enough power to run.
The question of backward compatibility sometimes comes up as well. SpyderX is backward compatible with USB 2 and USB 1.1, and does not have any issues working at any of these speeds, through a powered USB port.
So, all cases are covered automatically, except the need to have a USB A to C adaptor, for any device only offering USB C ports – and those users know who they are – since they need such an adaptor for most USB devices.
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