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Old Sep 3, 2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Which USB 3.0 Hub?

Hi - I need a USB 3.0 hub for my 2012 MBA, and am unsure which one to get, as it sounds like some are partially incompatible with Macs! I'm running OS X 10.8.1 Mountain Lion, if it makes any difference. A 4-port hub would probably be fine, so I've been considering:

TRENDnet TU3 H4

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D-Link USB 3.0 4 Port Hub

There's also these ones:

Uspeed USB 3.0 4 Port Hub

and

StarTech.com 4 Port Black SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub


Which would be best? I'm currently thinking the D-Link might be the one to go for, but would value input from anyone who's had experience of any of these! Thanks
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Old Sep 4, 2012, 12:47 AM   #2
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I had the Uspeed and returned it. Didn't work half the time.
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Old Sep 4, 2012, 01:56 AM   #3
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I had the Uspeed and returned it. Didn't work half the time.
It seems alot of USB 3.0 hubs are quite flakey, I wonder why?
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Old Sep 4, 2012, 02:08 AM   #4
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It seems alot of USB 3.0 hubs are quite flakey, I wonder why?
No idea. I have the Caldigit combo card. Worked fine with one drive plugged into the hub, but another drive or anything else and it would crap out.
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 10:34 PM   #5
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Hi - I need a USB 3.0 hub for my 2012 MBA, and am unsure which one to get, as it sounds like some are partially incompatible with Macs! I'm running OS X 10.8.1 Mountain Lion, if it makes any difference. A 4-port hub would probably be fine, so I've been considering:

TRENDnet TU3 H4

or
D-Link USB 3.0 4 Port Hub

There's also these ones:

Uspeed USB 3.0 4 Port Hub

and

StarTech.com 4 Port Black SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub


Which would be best? I'm currently thinking the D-Link might be the one to go for, but would value input from anyone who's had experience of any of these! Thanks
I just returned a D-Link as it did not work properly with my new MacBook Pro Retina w/USB-3.0. The computer was recognizing it as a USB-2.0 hub.
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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I just returned a D-Link as it did not work properly with my new MacBook Pro Retina w/USB-3.0. The computer was recognizing it as a USB-2.0 hub.
I also have a MBP-R and also had a USB-3 Hub from D-Link which I returned. However, I just found out that it was the way I connected it that was wrong (I have a new USB 3 Hub, but I know it was the way I connected because this one did the same thing UNTIL I READ THE APPLE FAQ: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5172#7

I found out that the FIRST device one plugs in to an external USB port CONFIGURES the external USB bus. Be sure that after powering up the computer, you plug in the USB 3 Hub to an external port FIRST. After that, you can plug things in and they will be recognized correctly. I verified this for my installation using the System Information page and looking at the USB window.

So plug in the USB 3 hub first. Then you can plug things into the hub (USB-3 or USB-2) and they should go to the correct bus when you look at the USB config.

Hope this is of some assistance.

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Old Oct 22, 2012, 08:42 AM   #7
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Does this means that if I connect a usb 3 hub first at a usb2 port, will be badly configured? Is this really what happens? It seems absurd.

I will buy a new usb3 hub now, and because I am looking to future connectivity options, I 'll take a usb 3 hub. Why stick to the old usb2 format?
But, I don't have a machine with usb3 port right now.
So, is it forbidden to me, to connect it to my current mbp with usb2 ports, until I will get a new one with usb3 ports someday in the future?
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Old Oct 22, 2012, 09:31 AM   #8
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So, is it forbidden to me, to connect it to my current mbp with usb2 ports, until I will get a new one with usb3 ports someday in the future?
Not forbidden. Just locked to USB2 performance.
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 01:01 AM   #9
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Not forbidden. Just locked to USB2 performance.
Locked forever?
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 01:15 AM   #10
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Locked forever?
No, of course not. The performance is liited by the upstream connection to your computer. Connect to a USB2 computer, you get USB2 performance. Connect to a USB3 computer, you get USB3 performance.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 10:29 PM   #11
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Has anyone had luck with this hub from Targus?

http://www.targus.com/us/productdeta...&sku=ACH120USZ
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 06:54 AM   #12
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And the winner is...

About to order the newest iMac and want to wire a USB 3.0 hub into the cabinet to reduce clutter. I will repeat the primary question here, what USB 3.0 hub ( 3 ports minimum) will work properly and consistently at speeds greater than 2.0?

Would a 10 or 15 cable greatly diminish performance?
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:02 AM   #13
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I recently purchased a Belkin Superspeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub and it's not USB 3.0 compatible with the brand new 27" iMac



Great looking unit, probably best looking unit out there but its only recognized as a USB 2.0 right now. I'm going to keep it because I got it on boxing day for less than half its price so its not worth my hassel of returning. I mounted it under my desk flush with the front of the desk, so sleek and clutter free. Love it.
Ill just wait for USB 3.0 to be compatible with the iMacs.

Product page: http://www.belkin.com/us/F4U058-Belkin/p/P-F4U058
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 12:31 PM   #14
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I've been running the C2G USB3 hub on a 2012 mini, and it was throwing out a lot of interference for bluetooth devices. and now it will not power on. returning it today. was hopeful, they typically make good products.

so now too am on the hunt for a reliable unit.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 07:26 PM   #15
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I recently purchased a Belkin Superspeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub and it's not USB 3.0 compatible with the brand new 27" iMac

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Great looking unit, probably best looking unit out there but its only recognized as a USB 2.0 right now. I'm going to keep it because I got it on boxing day for less than half its price so its not worth my hassel of returning. I mounted it under my desk flush with the front of the desk, so sleek and clutter free. Love it.
Ill just wait for USB 3.0 to be compatible with the iMacs.

Product page: http://www.belkin.com/us/F4U058-Belkin/p/P-F4U058
Okay, just an update to you guys, its now recognizing it as a Superspeed USB 3.0 Hub and the USB 3 is working properly. No system or driver updates. Weird.

But good news!
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:47 AM   #16
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Hey everyone!

After an excruciatingly long search for a USB 3.0 hub working at USB 3 speeds for my USB 3-capable 15" MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display, I finally ordered this one from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Besides the fact that it has seven USB 3.0 ports, it also has an extra strong (10W output!) "charging port" for anyone with an iPad 3 or 4, which takes a LOT longer to charge on a regular USB port. The power supply also seems to be adequate considering it has to potentially power 7 USB 3.0 devices, plus any device you might have on the charging port. Then there is the 18-month warranty that the newly renamed company (Anker) gives with purchase.

This baby JUST became available again, so it's a brand new revision of the product, which is evidenced by the new company name on the product itself.

It also no longer states that Mac users need not apply, but instead notes that anyone still running OS X 10.7 upgrade to Mountain Lion (10.8.2 or later).

I'll do some benchmarks and write a review when I get it. For now, I shall enjoy the anticipation of its delivery. ;-)
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:52 PM   #17
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I recently purchased a Belkin Superspeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub and it's not USB 3.0 compatible with the brand new 27" iMac

Image

Great looking unit, probably best looking unit out there but its only recognized as a USB 2.0 right now. I'm going to keep it because I got it on boxing day for less than half its price so its not worth my hassel of returning. I mounted it under my desk flush with the front of the desk, so sleek and clutter free. Love it.
Ill just wait for USB 3.0 to be compatible with the iMacs.

Product page: http://www.belkin.com/us/F4U058-Belkin/p/P-F4U058
Another vote for the Belkin. I bought it at the same time I upgraded to a retina MBP. No problems at all. Just make sure it is the first thing on the bus. I get equal HDD transfer speeds with it as I do with my TB-eSATA hub.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:40 AM   #18
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I'm waiting on my 2012 iMac to be delivered and I've just ordered this hub:


http://www.ianker.com/product/68UPHUB-S10U


I have some questions I wondered if any of you's could answer for me please?

1: Is it recommend to disconnect the hub everytime from the iMac before putting the iMac to sleep?

2: If the answer to question 1 is yes, then the hub I've ordered has an on/off switch on it, would I be able to just switch the hub off, rather than disconnecting it from the iMac everytime I put the iMac to sleep?

3: I am planning on having the following things connected to my hub:

Printer (USB 2), 3 external hard drives (all USB 2), USB 3 4TB external hard drive.

If I have all of the above devices connected to the hub. With there been some of the devices been USB 2 and one of the devices been USB 3, will the USB 3 device be transferring at the USB 3 rate or will it be at USB 2 rate, due to there been USB 2 devices connected to the hub?

Thanks in advance
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:55 PM   #19
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Hey everyone!

After an excruciatingly long search for a USB 3.0 hub working at USB 3 speeds for my USB 3-capable 15" MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display, I finally ordered this one from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Besides the fact that it has seven USB 3.0 ports, it also has an extra strong (10W output!) "charging port" for anyone with an iPad 3 or 4, which takes a LOT longer to charge on a regular USB port. The power supply also seems to be adequate considering it has to potentially power 7 USB 3.0 devices, plus any device you might have on the charging port. Then there is the 18-month warranty that the newly renamed company (Anker) gives with purchase.

This baby JUST became available again, so it's a brand new revision of the product, which is evidenced by the new company name on the product itself.

It also no longer states that Mac users need not apply, but instead notes that anyone still running OS X 10.7 upgrade to Mountain Lion (10.8.2 or later).

I'll do some benchmarks and write a review when I get it. For now, I shall enjoy the anticipation of its delivery. ;-)
So what was the final verdict?
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 07:59 PM   #20
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I don't like that all the ports are in the front


I have everything in the same table so I want one that has ports both in front & back
So I can put stuff I'm never going to remove in the back, like mouse,keyboard, & speakers

And in the front ports I can put stuff like flashdrives or when I need to connect my iphone to the computer
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:00 AM   #21
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I was thinking of getting this hub for my new iMac. What do you think?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 09:54 AM   #22
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I have had experience with 2 different USB hubs.

The D-Link DUB-1340 and the Monoprice PID 9955.

The D-Link was terrible, until I found a Windows computer to upgrade the firmware, which isn't actually from D-Link (they haven't offered the update yet), and isn't supposed to be for end user use. The D-Link, and most USB 3.0 hubs on the market are running the Via Labs 810 chipset. Ergo, you can run the "not for end users" firmware off of Via Labs website. It may not be supported, but it actually runs really well. My only other complaint with the D-Link is that it seems really difficult to get a good connection with the USB cables, a simple bump with a foot can often jar them enough to get a drop.

I actually just set up the Monoprice hub about an hour ago. I've had four drops already. This is running the newer Via Labs 812 chipset, with no firmware updates available. The nice thing about the 812 is that it can power 3.8 amps when plugged into AC. That's enough for 2 iPhones and an iPad.

I'm going to stick with the D-Link and its flaws for now.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 09:32 AM   #23
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wow some sad reviews on that one. It seems like these things die quickly.

I think the Kanex ones are highly regarded, but I'm sitting on the fence until I hear more. I've a growing box of junk peripherals accumulated over the years. I think it's a money pit for sure.

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Hey everyone!

After an excruciatingly long search for a USB 3.0 hub working at USB 3 speeds for my USB 3-capable 15" MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display, I finally ordered this one from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Besides the fact that it has seven USB 3.0 ports, it also has an extra strong (10W output!) "charging port" for anyone with an iPad 3 or 4, which takes a LOT longer to charge on a regular USB port. The power supply also seems to be adequate considering it has to potentially power 7 USB 3.0 devices, plus any device you might have on the charging port. Then there is the 18-month warranty that the newly renamed company (Anker) gives with purchase.

This baby JUST became available again, so it's a brand new revision of the product, which is evidenced by the new company name on the product itself.

It also no longer states that Mac users need not apply, but instead notes that anyone still running OS X 10.7 upgrade to Mountain Lion (10.8.2 or later).

I'll do some benchmarks and write a review when I get it. For now, I shall enjoy the anticipation of its delivery. ;-)


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I don't like that all the ports are in the front


I have everything in the same table so I want one that has ports both in front & back
So I can put stuff I'm never going to remove in the back, like mouse,keyboard, & speakers

And in the front ports I can put stuff like flashdrives or when I need to connect my iphone to the computer
I agree, I want the kind with all ports except maybe one or two in the back. Mine is almost like a dock station with all my junk attached.
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I too have been looking for a USB 3.0 hub and bought this one from Anker:

http://www.amazon.com/Oct-2012-Upgra...ds=usb+3.0+hub

It worked great for the first couple days, and now what it does when my computer goes to sleep (or at random) is drop the connection to all the devices. Meaning my hard drives don't get ejected properly while they are actively connected to the computer. That to me screams unreliability and I already requested a return through Amazon.

Back to the hunt. I'd like to have a 10 port hub to be honest, I have this 7 port hub filled on my desk in addition to daisy-chaining to my old USB 2.0 hub which is halfway filled. (Lots of hard drives and peripherals on my desk)
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I too have been looking for a USB 3.0 hub and bought this one from Anker:

http://www.amazon.com/Oct-2012-Upgra...ds=usb+3.0+hub

It worked great for the first couple days, and now what it does when my computer goes to sleep (or at random) is drop the connection to all the devices. Meaning my hard drives don't get ejected properly while they are actively connected to the computer. That to me screams unreliability and I already requested a return through Amazon.
Thanks I was thinking of getting that hub.
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