Anyone recommend a good usb hub for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by scariaga, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. scariaga macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007
    I just purchased a Kensington Pocket Hub 7 port USB and it's not cutting it. I do a lot of audio production and I use a couple different audio interfaces that I need to use via usb. The hub doesn't appear to handle the data transfer on the audio interfaces. I get constant clipping. Also my glyph 500 external HD doesn't even come up on my desk top through this USB hub. The hub is supposed to be able to do usb 2.0 but doesn't seem to be living up to it's word. Anybody on here have a better recommendation? I only spent about $30 on this hub and realize that maybe that wasn't enough to get a quality product. Any help would be much appreciated :)

  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I have had no problems with my DLink 7 Port Hub.
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I use the kensington 4 port hub and it works fine for everything i've thrown at it. It is powered and that'll make a difference in performance.
  4. scariaga thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007
    yeah the one I bought is powered too, I'm not sure why its having problems keeping up. Is it possible that the devices I have are beyond usb 2.0? Highly unlikely as the audio interface I have is about 5 years old (Mbox). Also why would an external HD not show up?
  5. scariaga thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007
  6. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    How many devices are you using at once? USB is not good at realtime transfer with more than one device per bus. All the devices have to share the speed of the single USB port that the hub is plugged into. If possible, plug a 4-port hub into each USB port instead of using a single 7-port hub. As long as a hub is powered, USB2 compatible, and from a decent manufacturer, they will all work essentially the same.

    Also, make sure your cables are USB2 compatible. I have one unmarked cable, and if I plug my EyeTV tuner into it I get a scrambled picture (or no picture) and choppy audio. Plugging it directly into the computer works just fine. I haven't tried any other cables with it.

    If you have an expresscard slot, you can get a USB card for it, and there is actually a 3rd USB port inside the expresscard slot that doesn't share time with the other ports (I think).
  7. scariaga thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007
    yeah you could have a point. The thing is that the whole reason I got this hub was so I could minimize the number of plugs I have to plug into my MBP every time I reconnect. Was trying to just have on USB plug to plug in. I guess it's probably not possible to have such a set up.
  8. Makaveli6103 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Kansas City, MO

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