MacBook & USB Hub

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  1. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I have a AT&T 3G laptop card that I use most the time for internet access. The laptop card "flares out" making the 2nd USB port unusable. I'm going to pick up a USB hub to resolve this problem.
    Any recommendations on a particular hub?

    Thank you.

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  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    make sure its usb 2 and a powered one

    at least thats what id get

    or you could uses a usb cable extender to be able to use the other port. thats a cheaper alternative if you dont need more usb ports
     
  3. shady825 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What are the ones that say something like "power protected or overload protector" or something like that?? Is it kinda like a surge protector?
     
  4. shady825 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thats what im doing now, its just kinda a pain!
    It would be nice to have 1 or 2 more ports.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i really dont know

    as far as price, you can pick one up at best buy or walmart for around 20 bucks for a 4 port usb hub. i havent had any issue with mine
     
  6. shady825 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Are the transfer speeds the same on all of them?
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    if they are usb 2.0 hubs then yea
     
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    "over current protection" <- thats what i was talking about.. Do you know what that is for?
     
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    the cheapest solution and the best imho is just using an extender. or maybe find a "hard" extender, a small brick thing with usb female and male ports on either side. I don't know if they exist, but you could trying googling. there are less wires, and powered usb hubs use AC adapters which add the the bulk.
     
  10. shady825 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have an "extension" cable now but as i was saying i'd like to maybe have a few more USB ports..
    Powered vs NON powered?? Whats the diff? Does the non powered just run off my mac battery? I really dont think id want to carry around a AC adapter as you said.
     
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    this is what i found from here

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/766085.html

    emphasis is mine

    hope that kinda answers your question

    i have both the powered and non powered. the difference is this. a non-powered one works great with like printers, mice, controllers, etc. the powered ones are great if you say want to charge your ipod, or to run a thumb drive in most cases (as they need power to run) or if you had a portable hard drive like this that need a powered usb port to run. if you try to run a thumb drive or that hard drive i linked, it will say that there isnt enough power to use device
     
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    no worries, glad we could help you out
     
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    I picked up a Kensington 7 port powered USB 2.0 hub for my Alu macbook.
     
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  18. shady825 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Are you asking about the 3G card??
    Yea its pretty fast but it's no WiFi. It definitely gets the job done!
    No complaints!
     

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