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Can someone recommend a usb-c hub that has multiple (3 or 4) usb-c ports also?

macsorcery

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Can someone recommend a usb-c hub that has multiple (3 or 4) usb-c ports also? I am only seeing them with multiple usb3 ports. Thanks for any info.
 

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As the USB-C connections provide multiple protocols (data, audio, video, network,Thunderbolt), the hubs/docks also offer multiple choices.
I suggest getting a multiple-USB-A hub, and use USB-C to USB-A adapters, such as
 
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As the USB-C connections provide multiple protocols (data, audio, video, network,Thunderbolt), the hubs/docks also offer multiple choices.
I suggest getting a multiple-USB-A hub, and use USB-C to USB-A adapters, such as

I don't want to lose USB3 ports on the iMac. I just want to plug in one usb-c hub and gain 3-4 usbc ports.
 
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Keep in mind that the USB-A ports (USB 3.0) on your iMac are USB-only.
The 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports (which are also USB-C) are much more useful to you (more capabilities/options)
But, if you only need more USB ports, use a USB-3 hub, with however many USB ports you want. Buy some USB-A to USB-C adapters, like I suggested. Add those for the ports where you need to use USB-C devices.
Found a 4-port for USB-C. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MCTET84/
That just needs the little USB-A to USB-C adapters for each port where you would need a USB-C device.
 
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macsorcery

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Keep in mind that the USB-A ports (USB 3.0) on your iMac are USB-only.
The 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports (which are also USB-C) are much more useful to you (more capabilities/options)
But, if you only need more USB ports, use a USB-3 hub, with however many USB ports you want. Buy some USB-A to USB-C adapters, like I suggested. Add those for the ports where you need to use USB-C devices.
Found a 4-port for USB-C. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MCTET84/
That just needs the little USB-A to USB-C adapters for each port where you would need a USB-C device.

thanks, I am trying to get away from the dongles and adapters. I just want to run a usb-c out to more usb-c ports.. if there isn't an option for this yet, I can wait.
 
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I don't care to use adapters, either.
Most of my USB devices are backup storage or multi-partition drives, and have 4 different USB connectors among those.
I make it a point to connect with cables without adapters, so bought some cables with the various combinations of USB connectors that I use.
 
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I did not see one that offered 3-4 usb-c ports on the hub. if you did, point it out. thanks.
The Anker 7-in-1 has only 1 USB-C.
The Anker 7-in-1 Thunderbolt has only 1 USB-C.
The Anker 8-in-1 also has only 1 USB-C.
The Anker 13-in-1 has 2 USB-C.
The Juiced Systems Quad only has 2 USB-C.

The Anker 13-in-1 Thunderbolt has 3 USB-C (Thunderbolt port also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode)
The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 has 3 USB-C (two of these support DisplayPort Alt Mode - one is Thunderbolt)
The Juice Systems VertexHUB has 4 USB-C.
 
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The Anker 7-in-1 has only 1 USB-C.
The Anker 7-in-1 Thunderbolt has only 1 USB-C.
The Anker 8-in-1 also has only 1 USB-C.
The Anker 13-in-1 has 2 USB-C.
The Juiced Systems Quad only has 2 USB-C.

The Anker 13-in-1 Thunderbolt has 3 USB-C (Thunderbolt port also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode)
The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 has 3 USB-C (two of these support DisplayPort Alt Mode - one is Thunderbolt)
The Juice Systems VertexHUB has 4 USB-C.

the VertexHUB seems to be the one. Thanks! $80 on Amazon
 
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the VertexHUB seems to be the one. Thanks! $80 on Amazon
When you get it, let us know what USB hub chips it uses (as seen in System Information.app).
I believe it could use two four port hubs, one connected to the other, such that 3 of the ports might have slightly better performance than the remaining four.

A USB 3.x Hub includes a parallel USB 2.0 Hub since the wires for USB 3.x and USB 2.0 are separate.

For example:
The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 uses a four port 3.1 gen 2 hub: (2109/0820 , 2820) "VIA Labs, Inc." manufactured by "VIA Labs, Inc." named "VL820".
Connected to that internally is a four port USB 3.0 hub: (0424/5807 , 2807) "SMSC" manufactured by "Microchip" named "USB5807".
 
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macsorcery

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When you get it, let us know what USB hub chips it uses (as seen in System Information.app).
I believe it could use two four port hubs, one connected to the other, such that 3 of the ports might have slightly better performance than the remaining four.

A USB 3.x Hub includes a parallel USB 2.0 Hub since the wires for USB 3.x and USB 2.0 are separate.

For example:
The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 uses a four port 3.1 gen 2 hub: (2109/0820 , 2820) "VIA Labs, Inc." manufactured by "VIA Labs, Inc." named "VL820".
Connected to that internally is a four port USB 3.0 hub: (0424/5807 , 2807) "SMSC" manufactured by "Microchip" named "USB5807".

will do.
 
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