USB connector tech is great, but not so universal is it?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by K3RW, Jul 5, 2018.

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  1. K3RW

    K3RW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember the good ole days of USB technology. Wow, that guy must be rich! Such a simple yet helpful invention.

    Later came 2.0 and 3.0. Biggest noticeable change was improved speed, and they kept it backwards compatible (yay!).

    Great technology, but not so universal now. I need adapters for darned near everything.

    Now I need a guide so I know which one I'm buying for my cell phone, which is different than my 7200, or my wife's cell phone, etc. Well, at least this may help a few people. Maddening that 'universal' would mean you'd need so many different adapters and combinations.

    Most of these images are from Amazon, so that you can know which one you need to buy.




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  2. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    "The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from."

    That's a very Dilbert-esque saying, but it's very, very true.
     
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  3. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    If you don't understand plugs, you don't know Jack.:p

    And don't ever yell hello to Jack in an airport.

    "Hi, Jack!":eek:
     
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  4. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well... certainly not on the plane... :eek:
     
  5. AI3V

    AI3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    How dare they not know how the future will be.

    Rege
     
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  6. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    This problem is bad as a consumer. It's pure hell as a gear manufacturer. Keeping up with software patches for existing products and planning to deal with obsolescence takes up quite a bit of tech support bandwidth.
     
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  7. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    And then there's mini and micro HDMI, which look disturbingly similar to mini and micro USB.

    I think this means I'm officially an OF now. So get off my lawn.
     
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  8. N1CTO

    N1CTO Ham Member QRZ Page

    And USB C is broken from the git go. The tech companies have more or less ignored the IEEE and created non-standard pieces of crap. https://www.theverge.com/2016/11/5/13523372/usb-c-macbook-adapter-donglelife-problems-thunderbolt
     
  9. KA0GKT

    KA0GKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's the Serial Bus that's Universal, not the connector.

    Then again, there's USB 1.(x); USB 2.(x); USB 3.1, 3.2, 3.(x)...at least they're backwards compatible.
     
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  10. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    So they claim, But not always true.
     

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