Multiple versions of USB have been developed by the computer industry:
* USB 1.0 and 1.1: the first commercial versions supported a maximum data rate of 12 Mbps
* USB 2.0: the current version supports a much faster theoretical maximum rate of 480 Mbps
* USB 3.0: the future standard is expected to support up to 4.8 Gbps
Using USB for Local Networking
To build a USB network, simply connect USB cables to the USB ports on those devices. USB is plug and play compatible, meaning the operating system USB driver software automatically detects and configures device connections. One USB network supports up to 127 devices.
USB interfaces are backward compatible; for example, a USB 2.0 and a USB 1.1 can be networked. When two ends of a connection support different versions of USB, the link automatically runs at the lower speed of the older version.