Advice for a USB Hub purchase?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by keowee, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. keowee macrumors member

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    Do I need to purchase a hub which specifies Mac compatibility? Does anyone have recommendations? Thank you for your help!
     
  2. NAG macrumors 68030

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    USB hubs do not have OS requirements. You should be fine getting about any hub. If this is for a desktop make sure to get a powered one.
     
  3. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Any hub will do, but I particularly like the Kensington DomeHub. It's quite large for a hub, but the added weight keeps it from being dragged off the desk (which I've had happen with every other hub I've ever purchased), and it also has a convenient port on the top to stick flash drives and such. Kind of a luxury hub, but well worth it. :)



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  4. NAG macrumors 68030

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    I love how it says "Vista Compatible". The kitchen sink must be vista compatible too.
     
  5. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

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    I have a Belkin four port USB hub that I am very happy with (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=357371). The only issue, as irmongoose mentioned, is that pretty much an USB hub is light and slides around your desk. I had to tape mine down. In retrospect I would have gotten something like the Kensington DomeHub.
     
  6. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Don't buy an NON-powered hub (one without a power brick) IF you intend to use several devices at once like cameras, scanners, card readers etc.....

    also, for the best possible performance, only connect a hub directly to your computer's on-baord usb ports, not to other hub-ports, like those on your keyboard or monitor :p

    And NO, hubs are not OS specific, just plug & play !
     
  7. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    I have this one. I like that is has the memory card reader built-in. I also like that it has two ports on the front to quickly plug devices in. I found it for a lot cheaper at amazon.com.

    http://www.iogear.com/product/GUH284R/
     
  8. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    That's only an issue for bus-powered USB devices without their own power bricks. Self powered USB devices (like cameras and scanners) don't need a hub to be powered.

    I have a powered hub with 2 hard drives and 2 USB printers attached. But I don't bother to use the hub's power brick since it isn't needed. If I were attaching several portable USB drives without their own power supply that would be different.
     
  9. menlotechnical macrumors newbie

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    Problems I experience with noname

    You can say "What does it matter if it is no-name or known name? The technology is the same." This is not true in my experience and USB hubs. I have clients who use cheaper USB hubs and run into loss of connectivity. There are power issues and device driver issues over time. So I now have my clients buy a notable brand (Belkin) because they just work and continue to work for years.
    I suggest you always going with Belkin since they pay for better manufacturing, and charge you more for it.
     
  10. squirrelbait macrumors newbie

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    id also recommend the kensington dome, had no problems with it, plus the extra weight makes a difference
     
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