I'm trying to make a PCB where I have USB connectors, but I'm really new into this and I'm trying to solve a few questions online about the theme, if you could guide me online through the theme that would be great. For this purpose, this systems is a USB sensor with 2 USB connectors (one male for PC connection and a female for bus extension) and, besides the sensor and MCU, will have switches to let us cut the VCC line of USB.
The main issues in my mind are:
- What's the difference between the several USB connectors materials? I found some that say they have shield, others are gold plated and there are so many that I just quit looking online for everything
- For mechanical resistance, is there any special type of connector? (this board will have switches and one of the connectors could be connected to the PC USB).
- Is it cheaper (this is for a school project, but we might try to sell it after) to make a USB Male connector using only PCB (like this) or buy and solder a connector?
Basically I'm trying to find some kind of "USB connectors in PCB for dummies" guide, but Google isn't helping me that much.
The "bus extension" will be for VCC and GND and that's just for sharing the power switches that I talked above, there is no hubs involved in this.