can i connect 2 macbook to 1 thunderbolt hub?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stuartrozier, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. stuartrozier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011

    i have 2 MacBooks, but they both backup to the same external HD ...

    i went out an brought a thunderbolt hub, so i can connect...

    the hub to >> macbook 1
    macbook 2
    external HD

    will they all talk to each other ?

    many thanks

  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Most hubs have 1 inputs, the rest are outputs. I don't think what you want to do is possible that way.

    Have you taken a look at a NAS?
  3. stuartrozier thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011

    i have yes, thanks for the quick reply.

    but isn't thunderbolt meant to be back compatible ?

    thanks stuart
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2009
    No, this won't work. You can't simultaneously use an external disk connected to each computer, regardless of how they're physically connected.
  5. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    "Backward compatible" means a Thunderbolt 3 device will work on a Thunderbolt 1 connection.

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