USB Hub recs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Le Big Mac, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    I've run out of USB ports. I'd like to buy a good, affordable 4 port USB hub for my iMac (card reader, printer, who knows what in future). Any recs for good ones, or disaster stories? Thanks.
     
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  3. iShater macrumors 604

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  4. Le Big Mac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Is AC power a good idea? The printer gets its own AC, although the card reader not so much.
     
  5. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a

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    Hub...

    I use an IOGEAR 4 port mini hub, it is 2.0 USB which is what apple uses on a lot of new computers, check out your computer to make sure you have 2.0, though some of your hardware could only be 1.0. It is still a good investment for a 2.0 with even a power source so you don't overload the hub.

    cheers,
    _bnkr
     
  6. iShater macrumors 604

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    Yes. Most of these hubs are bus-powered from the system, so attaching a keyboard, mouse and other low-power devices will work fine. However, if you attach a whole bunch of devices, included floppy-drives, zip-drives, etc. through the hub, it will need the external power to be able to keep up.

    That is what I use with my iBook. I have a keyboard, mouse, floppy drive, and scanner all hooked up through the hub, and i use the 2nd usb port on the iBook for my camera.

    I ought to get a docking thingy :p
     

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