|This Multi Port Front Drive Bay Panel allows you to access USB, eSATA, FireWire and audio input ports from the front of a PC computer case. The panel can be installed into any 3.5in front panel drive bay to provide 4 USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE1394a FireWire port, Speaker and MIC ports, and an external SATA (eSATA) port for convenient quick connectivity to external storage devices. The 3.5in Black Multi Port Front Drive Bay Panel also includes an IEEE1394a FireWire cable that allows you to extend a rear panel FireWire connection to the bay panel, for motherboards that don't offer an on-board FireWire connection.|
StarTech.com 3.5" Multi Port Panel for Front Drive9/13/2010
Recently upgraded my mom's computer, but her old case did not have any front panel connectors. I primarily wanted USB ports and felt she'd get some use out of a headphone jack, so I chose this unit instead of the ones with card readers. It works perfectly. I've only used for USB and headphones, so can't comment on anything else. Easiest to install if you have your motherboard manual to find the connectors, but if your motherboard is labeled well, you can probably get by without. Buy.com needs to consider better packaging for shipping. This unit was shipped in it's own small box inside a FedEx box about ten times bigger where it could bounce around with no bubble-wrap or peanuts for protection. I was relieved that it didn't appear to be damaged and worked after being installed.