I just noticed that when I disconnected a USB drive, a message was logged from usb 1-1:.

Does this mean my ports are USB v1.1, this particular device is a USB v1.1 device, or something else?

Under Ubuntu Linux, is there a way to tell what version of USB a port on my computer is using?

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The 1-1 is just the number Linux gave to your device. It means, as far as I can tell, the device on the first port on the first USB bus (take a look at lsusb to see if bus 001 is a 1.1 or 2.0 bus). On my machine, I see 1-2.1 and 1-2.2 (the keyboard and mouse plugged on both ports of the hub plugged on the second port of the first USB bus). Note that the same port is often on two buses, one 1.1 (OHCI or UHCI) and one 2.0 (EHCI), and which one is used depends on whether the device is high-speed (2.0 only) or full-speed/low-speed (1.1 or 2.0).

You can see more interesting information with lsusb -v or sudo lsusb -v.

lsusb -v

Look for value for bcdUSB field. Should be either 2.00 or 1.10.

  • Thank you for pointing bcdUSB field, you saved my day :)
    – dresende
    Feb 20, 2013 at 17:05

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