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Koutech IO-FPH431 4-Port USB 3.0 Front Panel Hub (3.5")

  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • USB 3.0
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Model

Brand
Koutech
Model
IO-FPH431

Spec

Type
USB
Standards
USB 3.0
Ports
4 x USB 3.0
Transfer Rate
1.5/12/480Mbps,5Gbps
Operating System Supported
Windows XP / Server 2003 / Vista / Server 2008 / 7

Packaging

Package Contents
One (1) front panel hub
One (1) USB 3.0 cable
User manual

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Richard B.
  • 6/7/2011 12:37:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDosen't work

Pros: NONE

Cons: When installed and plugged in with PC running works fine Unfortunately when you try to reboot the PC it hangs in BIOS This is with a ASUS M4A88-TD-V MB and a AMD X4
Seems to be similar to old AMD issue where they wouldn't boot with an externally powered hub attached
tried to use the card without attaching the molex connector hoping it would work as a hub but no go, it requires the external power

Other Thoughts: I had read the reviews and bought a longer cable since the ASUS board has only 2 USB3 ports on the back and no Strip to run to the front usb connectors I had thought of getting the usb3 pci-e card but have no guarantee that that would work and I dont want to spend another $30.00
I will probably RMA this unless someone has a fix

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  • Reynaldo B.
  • 5/26/2011 12:41:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInstallation is awkward but works fine

Pros: Looks good when installed, works fine, although I have not tested out the USB 3.0 connectivity. All ports work great with USB 2.0 devices.

Cons: As mentioned before, it has to be plugged into an existing usb 3.0 port, and all of mine were in the back of my tower. Luckily my case is short enough that I could run it out of an empty card slot and it barely could reach around to plug in. Really wish there were some kind of mobo connections directly.

Other Thoughts: Cheap price, item works.

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  • John D.
  • 4/13/2011 9:03:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCorrection...

Pros: See "Other Thoughts" below...

Cons: See "Other Thoughts" below...

Other Thoughts: For the record here, I need to make a correction: In my original review above, I stated that my desktop PC case was 17" front-to-back. It's actually 19" in depth (17" is its height and I erroneously recalled that number instead).

The 2" difference is important because if it HAD been 17" in depth, the supplied cable would have worked -- even running said cable via an open expansion card slot as I am doing -- but with a case having a 19" depth. it won't reach properly.

I'm submitting this correction because I see no way to EDIT the original review.

Sorry for the error...

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  • John D.
  • 3/10/2011 12:14:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKoutech internal 4-port USB 3.0 hub

Pros: Allows me to use my motherboard's onboard USB 3.0 ports (rear I/O shield area) up internally (front panel) where I can access them better. Unlike the other reviewer here (Alan) ALL FOUR of my ports work AT THE SAME TIME. I tested it by plugging-in 4 USB devices -- 1 Transcend USB SDHC card reader, 1 Transcend USB multi-card reader, 1 Koutech USB ext. laptop HD enclosure (containing an old 60GB HD with 2 partitions -- both partitions showed up) and finally, 1 Patriot 8GB USB flash drive -- and they ALL showed up, each was assigned a drive letter (except the Transcend SDHC card reader, which did NOT appear until I put a SD card in it, THEN it did and was assigned a drive letter) All devices showed as either "local drive" or "devices with removable storage" and each was accessible.

This hub is powered by a Molex power connector so it has plenty of power for your USB devices. The only other connector (of course) is a USB cable (included with this device). More on this cable below...

Cons: Installation problems -- but that was my fault for not understanding how these were meant to be installed:

1. If you already have a USB 3.0 capable motherboard (meaning onboard USB 3.0 ports -- like my Asus M488T-V Evo USB/3.0) and intend to run the included USB data cable from a rear port to a front panel drive bay you will need a 2-3" LONGER cable as the cable included with this device is correctly sized in length ONLY for attaching to a USB 3.0 PCI card, and NOT simply running it through an open expansion card slot cover (as I want to do). Specifically, it was meant to attach to a Koutech PEU232 or PEU233 USB 3.0 PCI card. Consequently, it's much "neater" (non-ghetto like I'm doing) to have a PCI card to attach to, then the cable IS the correct length. If not, it's a stretch. My mid-tower case is 17" front-to-back and I can't mount the hub properly (flush with the front panel), and I do not want to buy a USB 3.0 PCI card as I already have 2 USB 3.0 onboard ports to use.

Other Thoughts: Summary:

1. If you do not have a USB 3.0 motherboard but want to use this device, naturally you'll need a USB 3.0 PCI card (preferably the Koutech PEU232 or PEU233 for no compatibility issues). The cable WILL be the proper length and attach correctly.

2. If you already have a USB 3.0 motherboard with rear onboard ports, then you will need a 2-3" LONGER USB cable if you want to run it like I am: Through a open expansion card slot cover.

As for Koutech products, this is my second one and I have no complaints re: them working or their quality. Also, when I have contacted Koutech tech support (e-mail) they have responded and have been friendly and helpful. No, I have NOTHING to do with Koutech, but one reason I wanted to write this (positive) review was to counter (in fairness to Koutech) the ONLY other review here, and a negative one at that, thinking that maybe Alan's connection problem is with the Startech PCI card, maybe it's NOT with the Koutech hub itself. Just a thought.

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  • Alan A.
  • 2/13/2011 4:49:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot useful

Pros: I could get one of the four ports to work

Cons: I could not get any two of the ports to work at the same time.

Other Thoughts: I installed a Startech usb 3.0 (PEXUSB3S2-2-Port-PCI-Express-SuperSpeed-USB-3-Card-Adapter), and plugged a drive into one port, and this expansion Hub into the other port. I installed the latest drivers (the driver CD was a more recent version than was available from the Startech website) I am running Windows XP. A Seagate 3.0 drive plugged into the card directly is consistently working but stuff plugged into the xpansion hub: item 1 works, (WD 3.0 drive) whichever of the 4 ports is used. Item 2 plugged in causes disc one to vanish from the folders list, and the list of folders (in My Computer) to refresh over and over, but the process does not complete or stop until one of the two is unplugged. Then the remaining plugged in item reappears as installed. Thus the 4 port expansion only allows the use of one port, and is therefore not an "expansion".

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