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Finally Got A great Hub!

tony3d

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After going through 4 brand new USB hubs from 4 different manufacturers, I finally found one that works perfect with my mid 2012 Mac Pro! My main issue was after sleeping my Mac, I would randomly loose ports upon waking the computer. This Vantec port Based on the VL812-B2 controller works flawlessly! When I wake the computer even from a deep 10 hour sleep, all ports come back everytime! No more dropped hard drives. all the other hubs had the VL812 chip as well, but not the VL812-B2 with the latest 9095 firmware update, and I think that made all the difference! Anyway, after pulling my hair out, and three returns, just thought I would share. The Hub is made of nice extruded aluminum, and has LED's you can actually see. Totally happy with this product! Now we'll see how long it lasts. Also has a smart 2.1 amp charging port that charges my iPhone 6 Plus very fast.
 

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tony3d

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Yes it is USB 3.0. I have been having issues for the past year with the error message " Disk improperly ejected", this hub has completely cleared that up! All ports return after sleep! I had printers, flash drives, mouse, a portable unpowered Passport hard drive, and another 4 port hub all plugged in with no issues! This is of course running at 2.0 speeds as my computer has no 3.0 PCI CARD installed. Still, every hub I have used beginning with my first Belkin that's 5 total, have given me issues. It was driving me crazy!
 
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Richdmoore

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I purchased a 10 port version of this (without charging) from Amazon a few days ago, hopefully I will get it next week. This is one of the few hubs that lists uasp support, if it is not listed in the specs it may or may not pass thru uasp to a supported enclosure.

(End result is that SSD drives will be slower without uasp enabled, probably no difference to hdd drives.)

I already had my father pick up one as well to use with a 2013 iMac, he has had no issues so far.
 
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tony3d

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Really glad to hear that. Just woke up my computer after a 14 hour sleep, and no problems at all! What a relief! All this time I was blaming Apple. Oops!

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I purchased a 10 port version of this (without charging) from Amazon a few days ago, hopefully I will get it next week. This is one of the few hubs that lists uasp support, if it is not listed in the specs it may or may not pass thru uasp to a supported enclosure.

(End result is that SSD drives will be slower without uasp enabled, probably no difference to hdd drives.)

I already had my father pick up one as well to use with a 2013 iMac, he has had no issues so far.

Let us know how it works out for you!
 
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Earl Urley

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Think I'll try one of these to use with my RocketU 1144C and see how it behaves with a PCIe card instead of a built-in port.

I've noticed that Apple is being pretty tight lipped when it comes to acknowledging USB 3 problems; it may be that this particuar combo of chipset and firmware finally falls in line with what Apple considers to be the full 'legal' spec of what USB 3.0 is supposed to be, as I saw many of the issues you mention while using a PCIe card and three different kinds of hubs (Orico, Plugable, Anker)

Typical of Apple to fold their arms and say 'well we got it right but the industry hasnt yet' and stuff magically starts working reliably after 3rd party products undergo their umpteenth revision or tweak in their firmware and drivers.
 
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tony3d

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Think I'll try one of these to use with my RocketU 1144C and see how it behaves with a PCIe card instead of a built-in port.

I've noticed that Apple is being pretty tight lipped when it comes to acknowledging USB 3 problems; it may be that this particuar combo of chipset and firmware finally falls in line with what Apple considers to be the full 'legal' spec of what USB 3.0 is supposed to be, as I saw many of the issues you mention while using a PCIe card and three different kinds of hubs (Orico, Plugable, Anker)

Typical of Apple to fold their arms and say 'well we got it right but the industry hasnt yet' and stuff magically starts working reliably after 3rd party products undergo their umpteenth revision or tweak in their firmware and drivers.

Just keep in mind I have this plugged into my mid 2012 3.06 12 core machine, with all 2.0 devices hooked to it. If your referring to the Orico 10 port Aluminum hub it looks very similar to mine. Not sure if it has the same chipset though.
 
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tony3d

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After 3 days of running this hub with 6 devices plugged into it, still no issues to report. I like the face that it has an aluminum housing, because it seems to be doing it job. The hub does get quite warm, so the aluminum is acting like a heatsink draw heat away from the circuit board.
 
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Richdmoore

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Let us know how it works out for you!

It has been a while, but the hub is working great so far. I did get a couple of wake from sleep errors on my usb WD drive I am using time machine on, but to be fair it did this with my last hub as well. I have had to disable sleep again, as my 2011 iMac won't wake on lan with parallels access, but that is nothing to do with the usb hub.

FYI, for the record I am using a 2011 iMac, which is only equipped with USB 2. I am using a Caldiget Thunderbolt Station, which allows me to add USB 3 support to the iMac.
 
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