USB Hub question for those with USB Blu-Ray Drive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Mr Dobey, May 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    I am using an external Blu-Ray Drive that uses two USB connection to get sufficient power. The problem is I've now tried 2 USB hubs (both plug into the wall) and neither of them can provide enough juice to power the drive. So I'm stuck using up both my USB ports on my MacBook Pro every time I want to use a Blu-Ray.

    Anyone know of a hub that will meet my needs?

  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    provided you don't plug both into the hub this should work if your other peripherals are not needing a lot of power.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    The thing is I would much rather have all my USB devices connected to a 7 port USB hub so I can quickly unplug the hub when I want to bring my laptop somewhere.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    I'm resurrecting this thread because I am now having the same issue with my 2011 iMac with a Samsung Bluray writer. I have a 7 port USB router, but the drive will not work with it. It reads slowly and then locks up programs such as dvdfab. I don't have a problem when I use the USB plugs direct however.

    The USB hub does use an ac adapter, and all the other devices attached use an ac power plug as well, so I am not sure why I am having power issues.

    I thought about plugging one of the two ends of the USB "y" cable into an ac charger (such as powers an iPhone) but the back of my mind says power might travel the wrong way and fry my iMac, so I have been afraid to try so far.

    Oh, and the Samsung bluray drive does not have any port to hook up an ac adapter, it only has a mini USB port, and included a y cable with 2 full sized USB plugs on the other end.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    Just to update, I got the drive to work using an old 4 port USB hub (with ac power) I had laying around. I guess less ports allows more power to get to each one.
  6. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I was going to suggest a D-link 8 port hub. I dislike anything that sucks juice from a port on any of my Macs....The only exception being the phone dock, because if plugged into an external hub, it refuses to see the backups in iTunes, and tells you to start afresh.

    I run a Bamboo tablet, and external DVD burner (Not BR, but that's my next step) and my Roland board using the D-link...It has never failed to provide enough power...Out of curiosity, what make is the BR burner?
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    Samsung SE-506ab/tsbd

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