I currently have three peripherals (mouse, keyboard, Wacom tablet) all wired to an individual USB port on my computer. They also each have their own 6ft USB extension cable (passive) because the computer is a little far away. They are each USB 2.0 devices.
To cut down on the cables, I kind of wanted to simplify things. Run a single 6-10ft USB 3.0 extension cable from the PC to a powered 4-port USB 3.0 hub that I have lying around, and plug all three USB 2.0 peripherals into it.
I'm curious about a few things:
I know plugging the 2.0 devices into a 3.0 extension won't take any advantage of 3.0 speeds. But what if they're all connected to a 3.0 hub, connected to a 3.0 cable? Would that cause those 2.0 devices to use the extra wires in a 3.0 cable, theoretically?
Might forcing the event calls from all three devices through a single cable theoretically add latency?
I've been told that powered USB hubs act as repeaters. Is that the case, and if so, could that reduce latency? Or is that not how a repeater works?
Answer one or some or all. I realize this might seem like such an inconsequential thing but I care about the details. Thanks very much for reading.