Expandable USB Hub Solution?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ryanflucas, May 19, 2008.

  1. ryanflucas macrumors regular

    ryanflucas

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    Milwaukee, WI
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    I recently bought an iMac 24" 2.8 and love it. What I don't love is 3 USB ports (I don't count the 2 on the wired keyboard as they are low power). I have a 4 port Belkin USB 2.0 powered hub I borrowed from my Windows PC. I can continually swap devices but it gets annoying fast. What I'd like:

    1.) A larger USB 2.0 Hub (anything out there with 10 or more ports?)
    2.) Expandable hubs. I remember Belkin used to make a hub system for the USB 1.0 era that was expandable/stackable with more hubs. I'd love to be able to buy additional hubs and chain them together.

    Does anything like this exist? The more I look at usb hubs, the more I wish Apple made a thin, stylish aluminum encased hub.

    In case you are wondering why I need so many ports, these are my most frequently used items:

    Two 2.5" hard drives (2 usb ports needed each), 3 different usb flash drives, flash memory card reader, laserjet printer, iPod Nano, Segate FreeAgent External Hard disk, a few usb powered gadgets, epson scanner.

    I'd never need *everything* plugged in at once, but its nice not having to switch plugs all the time. :rolleyes:
     
  2. Decrepit macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
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    It's butt ugly and expensive...

    http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/SearchDetail.asp?productID=18438

    I am daisy chaining several cheap USB 2.0 hubs to get an iphone, laser printer, color inkjet, ipod shuffle, external HDD, flash card reader, and DVD+RW drive.

    I mount the hubs to the back of my desk so I can't see them and only the necessary cables come up to the surface.

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    Yes, that's a boatload of crap plugged into one old Mini. The PC there on the shelf only gets to use the deskjet, keyboard and mouse.
     

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