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Looking for a "remote, wireless, headset compatible, powered, USB hub"

 
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I don't know if such a thing exists, and I don't know what it would be called.

What I want is a powered device that's wireless, but looks to my computer (wirelessly!), like a USB device that's hooked into my laptop. It's fine if my laptop needs a dongle.

What I want to do is hook wired headsets into this device and have the laptop recognize the headset as if it was just plugged into the laptop directly.

Why? Because I don't want to mechanically wear out my laptop's built in USB ports.
 
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wouldn't that just be a "wireless USB hub"? something like this: amazon.

Note - I have no idea if this will work with your headphones or how good it is...It just seems like what you'd need.
 
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Yeah, I saw those. I have this concern that headsets are "different" somehow, but perhaps not. Perhaps USB is just USB? They never seem to mention headsets but maybe that's because my use case is just weird...
 
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I know places like MicroCenter will let you buy stuff, and if it doesn't work bring it back.

Note that the reviews for that specific one i posted didn't seem all that great...
 
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Why not just get a set of bluetooth headphones?
 
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Kathy and I have had incredibly poor results with bluetooth - if you have had a good experience, fill me in
 
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I hear ya... bluetooth is great -- when it works. And is a pain in the ass in many ways.

But I have the previous generation(hbs700) of this headset that I use with my iPhone and I've been pretty happy with it.
 
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Geekmom just reviewed a set of Bluetooth headphones here.
 
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thanks fred
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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