Mac Mini 2018 Accessories

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ysvsr1, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. ysvsr1 macrumors member

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    Hi everyone, today I placed an order for mac mini i5/8gb/256. Right now I am using mac mini 2014 model. I am new to usb-c connections. So please excuse me for these dumb questions. I did some research and there are too many products available to utilize usb-c ports. My present setup is apple keyboard and logitech mx master mouse connected via Bluetooth. 3 usb western digital portable hard drives are connected to my 2014 mac mini. My lg monitor is connected with hdmi cable.

    i noticed that latest mac mini comes with 2 usb ports and 4 usb c ports. How can I connect my western digitial 4 tb hard drives to usb-c ports. Can you recomment good accessories for this purpose?
     
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    The accessory F-Train listed is a good one. I have 4 of them. They work well and have never given me any trouble.
     
  4. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    You could buy the expensive apple adapter. I have one in my bag that I never use anymore. Instead I got the right cable and no dongle and a much better solution.

    I have 2 WD spinners that I use for time machine on my 2017 MBP and 2018 Mac Mini. See the WD 2TB using the blue one.

    A must have for spinners and TB3 or USB-C


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  5. ysvsr1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much.
     
  6. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    You are welcome. I have dongles from my 2016 MBP, Its 2019 just get the right cable. They are out there.
     
  7. ysvsr1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree. I placed an order for amazon basics cables like the ones showed in your pics for 8$ each. My primary use is plex media storage. I hope performance will be good.
     
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    I’ve had mine since the release. It’s a good machine. I have a couple USB C adapters and a magic keyboard. I3/16Gb/256[​IMG]
     
  11. Stephen.R macrumors 6502a

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    If you have several usb3 hard drives, star tech make a TB3 to USB3.1 (mix of 5gbps and 10gbps) hub.

    They also should have type-c to whatever female port type your drives have (if the cables are removable).
     
  12. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a

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    I use the CalDigit TB3 dock. It takes one TB3 port from your Mini, and in turn provides an additional TB3 port, two USB-C ports (one Gen1 @ 5GBs and one Gen2 @ 10GBs), plus 4 USB-A Gen 1 ports (5GBs). Also a Gigabit network port, audio in and out, an SD card slot, a full-sized Displayport, and a Digital Optical port. This saves the Mini's 3 other TB3 ports for true TB3 accessories (eGPU, etc).
     
  13. ysvsr1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Please share the product links in amazon? Thank you.
     
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    I also use the CalDigit TB3 dock. A bit pricey, but a wonderful piece of hardware.
     
  16. ktcifone macrumors member

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    I have a TB2 Dock from OWC that works great. Kept the dock because the 3M maximum TB2 cable length is a bonus.
     
  17. ysvsr1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow..they are expensive. I am wondering what is the difference between these expensive port hubs and the cheap anker one?
     
  18. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    • Multi-channel USB 3.1 hub controller with independent, dedicated ports sharing 20Gbps bandwidth
    • Connect up to four high-performance USB devices with one USB-A (10Gbps), one USB-C (10Gbps) and two USB-A (5Gbps) ports
    VS

    • SuperSpeed Data: Transfer movies and music in seconds with 5 Gbps transfer speeds.

    I do like that StarTech but yes it is costly. Since you don't have your Mini yet you might want to get it setup and really see what you need. With the 6 ports ;2 USB-A and 4 TB3 offers a lot of options.

    My self, I am using the 2 USBA's plus 3 TB3's on the MM, And my monitor has 4 USBA's the 2 in the back are being used and the 2 on the side are open. I also have a Das Keyboard that has 2 USB-A 3.0 that I continually forget about.
     
  19. ktcifone macrumors member

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    I have about 20 devices hanging off my 2018 mini. basic monitor and 55 4k tv. 2 keyboards 2 trackpads, 3 external drives including a raid5 array and tb2 dock. USB-c is a good move overall.
     
  20. Stephen.R macrumors 6502a

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    The startech “hub” uses thunderbolt3 upstream (to the computer) and splits out 2x10Gbps and 2x5Gbps for USB, while also providing a downstream Thunderbolt 3 port.

    The other thing is literally just a USB hub, with 5Gbps shared between all the ports.
     

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