The development of technology these days just continues to innovate the way we do things. USB which is short for Universal Serial Bus IS a system used to connect a variety of peripherals to one’s computer. These peripherals can include displays, pointing devices, communication devices, data storage, etc. Basically what happens through these connections is a USB data transfer. Although the technology of USBs isn’t something really new, it has only gained must popularity recently because of the greater software support around it.
The usual approach before with computer hardware like the mouse and the printer was it was simply plugged into the computer’s back panel where there were a number of sockets for that purpose. There were different types of connectors in the back panel each having a special application. There were connectors that were made for the mouse since it worked by transmitting serial data. Printers on the other hand make use of a parallel data cable while the monitor has its own plug as well. This type of system was well suited when it was first used and was good enough for quite many years to follow.
However, with more technologies being developed, many PC users have started to experience certain problems with this system and approach. These days you will find a lot of different types of peripheral equipment that one can connect to the PC, from digital cameras, scanners, high-speed modems, as well as specially made pointing devices. Although these can fit quite right with the sockets both parallel and serial in your PC, there is no way for you to fit in two devices into one socket so one can understand that space is something concerning with this current system.
So you might wonder; why not just have more places where you can plug your devices into? Well that is actually a viable solutions and has been done many times before wherein one would add more sockets on to the PC. There are even those who connect the device right into the PC itself removing the need for plugs and sockets but due to how a PC is built and structured, this approach can be quite limited.
This is where the USB and USB data transfer comes in. With a USB system one can easily make things a lot simpler by improving the user friendliness of the system with the computer’s hardware. Understand that not everyone is that computer savvy and actually knows how to properly work with the different plugs and hardware of the computer. With a USB system even the average computer user can easily work all of the connections. All one would have to do would be to plug in the USB system to the PC’s back panel just like other peripherals and then additional devices can simply be plugged into the USB itself.
With a USB system, things can be made much easier for the average Joe when it comes to computers and USB data transfers can be more efficient which is why this system is a more ideal approach to connecting computer peripherals.