Are USB hubs particular to pcs and macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sir Loin Steak, May 4, 2009.

  1. Sir Loin Steak macrumors 6502

    Sir Loin Steak

    Feb 2, 2009
    Maybe it's just me, but I find it confusing going into a computer shop and being faced with hardware labelled as 'suitable for all pcs'.

    I wonder if the makers mean that it's suitable for mac as well? I always believed that pcs were pcs, and anything was, well, exactly that, anything else, Amstrad (lol!) or Mac, for example.

    I need more USB ports for my iMac, and while I have a small hub on my laptop pc (ie, it's running xp), I don't want to damage anything by putting into to a USB port on this mac.

    Would it work? Does it matter the name that maker's use to describe the intended use of their products? I am now becoming obsessive about looking for the mac logo on (like the Finder one) all hardware and software I look at.

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Hubs are hubs, they work on ALL USB equipped computers.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The "U" in USB stands for Universal. Universal Serial Bus.

    Hubs don't care what they ar pluggedinto as long as it has a USB port.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    In the USB hub world, while the hubs work fine on both PC/Mac, not all devices work well from a hub. Some only work when directly plugged into the computer.
  5. pmcb macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2008
    i have a powerbook g4 17", and a problem I have is with my external hd i need to plug it into both of my usb ports that are located on each side of the computer so i bought a cord extender so it could reach.

    my question is if i got a usb hub could i plug both cords into it so my device got enough power?
  6. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    You can if it is a POWERED hub. The reason it needs two ports is that one doesn't provide enough power for it.

    The powered hub vs. unpowered hub is what usually causes some devices not to work with a hub. Unpowerd hubs share the power from the USB port with all devices attached and some hard drives/pen drives/scanners need more power then that and so won't work.
  7. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    Yes a USB port is a USB port and "hubs are hubs", but just casue other hardware has a USB port on it doesn't mean its compatiable with OSX, that obviosuly depends on the drivers etc.

    Your not going to damage your Mac by plugging a non-mac peripheral into it anyway.
  8. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    If its a matter of the drive not getting enough power then why not get a powered hub?
  9. MactheRye macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    Powered Hubs

    I've used the Belkin 4 port powered hub for some time now and never a problem.

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