seller of pretty good PC parts - performancepcs.com, seller of fairly good computer stuff, has catalog - cyberguys.com
IOGEAR Hi-Speed USB 2.0 / FireWire Combo PCI Card Model GUF320, available from newegg $34
TRENDnet TEW-P1UG Wireless USB2.0 Print Server - Retail, available from newegg $69+5
802.11g & 100baseTX(wired). in wireless setup you need to enter your router encryption as WPA-PSK.
TRENDnet TE100-MP1U Multi-Function USB 2.0 Print Server - Retail, available from newegg $49+6
100baseTX (wired) print server.
1 x Type A - USB Upstream, 4 x Type A USB 3.0 - USB Downstream, 24 x Type A USB 2.0 - USB Downstream, Up to 500 mA power all ports. AC Adapter: IN=100-240VAC@50/60Hz@1.6A, maxOutput=5V@4A
4A for devices. considering that each USB device can draw 0.5A, that covers 7 power-requiring devices (like USB memory Sticks and card readers) plus some power (0.5A) for the chips, however many of your devices like printers are going to supply their own power I would think. nice layout - 5 on front and back, 2 on left side and 1 on right side where the power and input USB goes.
BELKIN F5U237v1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Hub(Black), available from newegg $33.78
5 ports on the back, 2 vertical ports on top spaced nicely for pen drives. seems to have a good reputation. black & silver. has a handle to grip it with.
BELKIN F5U307-WHT 7-Port Plus Hub(White), available from newegg $40.99+$3.99
5 ports on the back, 2 vertical ports on top spaced nicely for pen drives. has cable mgmt. seems to have a good reputation. black & silver. has a handle to grip it with.
Cassette Decks for the computer
I have included the best one (usb interface). the plusdeck2c I think is not worth listing because of the hardware requirements & the difficulty using and installing. Audacity is free software.
tape-to-MP3. don't know if this thing autoreverses, but it's USB 2.0 and a whole lot easier to hook up - 2 cables probably, 1 AC power cable and 1 USB 2.0. comes with Audacity (audio editor that outputs MP3) and can port your songs to your itunes account for you. USB 2.0 avoids the other deck's volume & cable mess. CD supposed to be for Mac & PC, but files on it are only for PC - go to their web site for Mac files. "Important Mac note - before you start, you need to go into your sound playback file and choose: USB audio codec - this is the opposite of what they say in the booklet."(reviewer) you must press "finish" when it's done and "track" between songs. filters some of the scratchy sound a little. great sound quality. If you have Vista you will have to download a different version of the software. Note: vista certified.
Ion Audio VCR Digital Converter, available from newegg.com $42.99+6.99
convert old VHS tapes to digital format. included software lets you burn to DVD or watch on your PSP, iPod or laptop. usb2. line input for camcorder tapes. Note: I don't know if this is vista certified.
Turntables for the computer
Audacity is free software.
ION iPTUSB Portable Vinyl-Archiving Turntable, available from newegg $87.13+12.06
no drivers needed! 33 1/3 and 45 RPM Line-level RCA output (with built-in preamp) PC and Mac compatible Includes Dustcover Slipmat USB Cable Recording Software CD, 45 RPM Adapter, Audacity audio editor. System Requirements: PC running Windows XP or Vista, Mac running OS9 or higher, Sound card or integrated audio, One available USB1.1 port or higher. EZ Vinyl Converter System Requirements: PC. Note: vista certified. cartridge+stylus
USB Audio Interfaces
There are many of them out there, for mics, guitar, MIDI, etc. and some a mixture. Go take a look at sweetwater.com's selection. Audacity is free software.
ION U RECORD USB Audio interface with recording software - Retail, available from newegg $50+9
This one is for your stereo components. lets you easily convert your favorite records and tapes to MP3 format using your turntable or tape player and computer. Simply connect U Record to your computer with the included USB cable and the rest is easy. Use the included Audacity software to record. Specifications: Phono/line input records from a turntable, cassette player, or any other line source Plug and play USB connection - No drivers needed! EZ Vinyl Converter software (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) for hassle-free recording, Audacity software records, edits and corrects for noisy source material (PC and Mac). Note: vista certified.
Syba/Best Connectivity SD-ADA20003 USB 2.0 to ExpressCard Adapter, available from geeks.com $18
Now you can plug in those dual-band wireless-N adapters!