Mac Mini-styled USB hub?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by GizmoDVD, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Oct 11, 2008
    Looking to add some more USB ports to my Mac Mini and was hoping someone would have a good suggestion. I would like it to be powered so I could charge my iPhone, iPad etc. I see Belkin makes one that sits underneath the Mini but I'm not sure how compatible it is with a 2012 Mini.
  2. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2008
    There are lots of USB splitters out there but I tend to like to maximize utility.

    You may want to check out OWC and look at

    - Macessity products
    - Mini Stack (empty) which is an external drive unit (same size as the Mini) that has additional ports.

    I had one of the Belkin units you described (older model I suppose) and it was well - lacking and inconsistent. However a friend of mine wanted it so it made a Mac pal gift.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    Here's the one I have:

    Perfect fit with Mac style.
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 11, 2008
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    You can charge iPhone with this hub. I am not sure about iPad though.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2008
  7. macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2009
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    A warning about the MiniStack: it causes interference with Bluetooth and WiFi when using USB 3.0. OWC sells an optional shielding kit for the Mac Mini Bluetooth antenna but it requires disassembling the Mini to install it. There is no fix for the WiFi issue; apparently I was the first person to report it. It affects WiFi networks using 2.4GHz.

    I returned the MiniStack and OWC refunded the entire purchase price without charging me the usual 15% restocking fee for an open-box return. So that is a tacit acknowledgement of a problem with the MiniStack...
  9. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    This is a problem with USB 3.0 in general, not just MiniStack and the Mac Mini. Same thing happens in PCs, Mac Pro, and any external USB 3.0 hard drive.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    It's not a problem with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro enclosures.

    But I have a different problem: the drives will not spin-down when the Mac is powered-off. When connected via FW800 the problem goes away.

    I'm working with OWC to find out if is a defective enclosure (not likely since both of my new enclosures are affected...) or something else.
  11. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    There are lots of USB hubs out there. A hub is not the same thing as a splitter.
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2013
    Santa Ana, CA
    I was thinking about buying the Satechi 4-port as well, but it's 2.0. Their Facebook page shows development of a 7-port 3.0, so I might just wait for that.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
  15. macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Stockholm - Sweden
  16. macrumors 68040


  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2010
    Just got my mom a Mac mini and she will be back from vacation in a couple weeks. I used up all the USB ports on the mini and still need a couple more, so I'm looking for a hub. Anything else out there you guys recommend?

    Also one that I think of it couldn't I use the Built in Bluetooth for wireless devices? Is this how apples wireless products work? That would free up two ports right there by not having to use the Logitech wireless adapter and another one for the mouse.
  18. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    9 data ports and 1 charging port

    same aluminum as a mini but does not charge
  19. macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Kanex makes USB3.0 hubs specifically for Macs (and PC).

    I use this hub.

    I run an Apple software Raid-1 with two 4TB 7200rpm Barracudas on it and get speeds (Black Magic) very close to the ones I get when running directly from two ports on the back of the mini. About 260MB/s on the Kanex and 270-280MB/s directly plugged into two ports on the mini.
  20. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    I got one of these:


    And it's completely brilliant. VL812 chipset - so lightening fast - and it looks great and a perfect match for my iMac and Mac Mini. USB3 speed is just fast as if you directly connect devices to your Mac. And you can mix and match USB2 and USB3 devices at full speed as well. And it's rock solid. I run 7 or 8 devices on mine permanently and haven't had a solitary glitch out of it.

    The only trouble is, it looks like Anker have perhaps discontinued it. I can't find it on the iAnker website, nor on If you can find one, I strongly recommend it.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Yep. That's too bad. It's the one I originally referred to and linked to up (back in January) above on Amazon, but the link now takes you to new models. They do appear to have discontinued the Mac-like aluminum model.
  23. Chippy99, Jul 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    Sorry, I missed your earlier link.

    Funny thing is, this product is still widely available in Europe. But it is still available in the US, branded as Aitech. Here you go - $60.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    It looks very "cold-war era" ish. Like something straight out of a Russian bunker. :)
  25. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I bought this on eBay for $20 & free shipping

    Look at this on eBay:

    7 Port High Speed USB 3.0 Hub with 3A Power Adapter Windows and Mac Apple White

    Is a USA seller

    Ill report back with a mini review when I get it

    I plan to connect 3 external drives 3.0 to it, I like it because it has 4 ports in one side & 3 in the other , plus an off/on switch

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