USB peripheral devices such as bar-code scanners, receipt printers and signature capture devices are common elements of traditional retail/POS systems. Many of these devices require external power supply bricks, which can create a tangled mess of cables and power strips. This takes up valuable space and creates more potential points of failure. USB PlusPower, or powered USB technology, was developed to eliminate external power supply bricks for USB devices. Its unique cabling allows USB devices to receive power from the PC instead of external power supplies.Migrating to USB PlusPower devices traditionally required a specialized, expensive retail system. Digi International developed the USB Plus Series to make it easy to connect powered USB peripheral devices to a basic PC. Available in compact hub and card solutions, the USB Plus Series can save space and simplify system architecture by transforming a low-cost PC into a high-performance, powered USB-compatible retail system. Each product offers four powered USB ports with cable locking mechanisms, which are also compatible with standard USB devices.The 301-1172-01 is a Hubport/PCI+ LP 1x24V low profile PCI to 24V port powered USB; with external power supply.