Your computer has 5 USB ports on it but you are unsure if they will support your devices. It could be because of the the type of USB port your computer has or the type of USB port your device will need. If you are wondering, how can I tell if my USB port is 2.0 or 3.0 then you have come to the right place. This article is here to provide you with answers.
Do 2.0 and 3.0 ports look different?
Yes, 2.0 and 3.0 ports look different. Check out this link to see a great picture demonstrating the different connectors. As you can see from the picture, the 3.0 USB port has what almost appears to be an additional section to it.
If I am using Windows, how can I check to see if I have a USB port 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0?
First, right click on My Computer. Find your way to the Hardware tab and then click on Device Manager. Device Manager will lead you to an option called Universal Serial Bus Controllers. By expanding this option, you will see the different USB names.
What do the different names mean?
- If you see “Universal Host,” then you have a USB port version 1.1.
- If you see a port name with both “Universal Host” and “Enhanced Host,” then you have a USB port version 2.0.
- If you see “USB 3.0,” then you have a USB port version 3.0.
If you don’t want to browse through your computer to determine your version, you can also use the model number for your computer to look up your USB port information in Google.
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