how many decices can i connect to my mini??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ivnj, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    #1
    I read here mini is only 85 watts. Doesn't seem like a lot. So safely how many devices can i connect to my mini. There are only 4 usb ports but with a hub I can add more. But I don't want to overload my new i5 2.3 mini.
     
  2. Poki macrumors 6502a

    Poki

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    #2
    Ust use a powered USB hub and you're good. And even if you don't - you loose the power in the USB ports, but you still can connect many decices via passive hubs.
     
  3. ivnj thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    #3
    So I will fry the usb ports if I connect too much??
     
  4. Poki macrumors 6502a

    Poki

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    #4
    Nope, no damage whatever you do.
     
  5. eutexian macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Location:
    Mapperley, Nottingham UK
    #5
    I needed 5 for total convenience - my monitor has two powered USB sockets - so I use 3 on the mini for full time connections the fourth to connect to the monitor and the two on there for 'temporary' connections - this suits me and means the mini itself never needs to be touched and most conveniently I don't need to fiddle round the back of the mini to plug in SD cards - I use the usb on the monitor. Marvellous.

    If i didn't have this then i would buy a powered hub instead.
     
  6. ivnj thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    #6
    I have the same setup. Its a staples 19 inch monitor. Usb cable goes into the monitor and then back of my mini. 4 usb ports built into the monitor. If I turn off the monitor while leaving a flash stick in for example and then turn it back on it says disk was improperly ejected. So it is definitely powered.
     
  7. Poki macrumors 6502a

    Poki

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    #7
    Yep, powered hubs work great. I always use at least 9 USB devices on my MacBook when at home, it's no problem at all.
     

Share This Page