There is a cable available to directly connect 2 devices (a "null-hub" cable?) although it may not be commonly available (I got one with my cable modem). Ian, you may wish to consider stocking a few of these if hubs are a bother.Also, do you really need a 4 port Ethernet hub to connect a Ballot Station to a host computer, or can you just connect it directly? I think the cost of the hub is so low that we should allow for other needs. Personal Opinion.