Should I get a USB Hub 3.0 or 2.0?

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  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I have a 2011 Mac mini with USB 2.0. I've been looking at getting a hub to help make life a little easier. At first I thought I'd "future proof" and get a 3.0 hub but, a lot on Amazon have this message:

    Please Note:
    2.4Ghz wireless devices, such as wireless keyboard and mouse adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs. Connecting to a USB 2.0 port is recommended.


    This was on the Sabrent branded ones but Anker has a similar message.

    Should I just get an older 2.0 hub? I think, by the time I do upgrade my Mac USB-C would be the main connection.

    If I'm going with 2.0... anyone have some suggestions?
     
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    Do you have any wireless USB mice or keyboards connected to your Mac Mini? If not, there shouldn't be any issues
     
  4. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Aren't USB 3.0 and 2.0 backwards compatible?

    And I have a Magic Mouse and will probably get a Magic Keyboard soon, probably on the next Mac revision, in case they come with a dedicated Siri button.

    Are those affected by the 3.0 or just like radio based keyboards and mice?
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Get a USB3 hub. It should work fine with USB2 devices.
     
  6. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks. So I shouldn't have any interference issues with the Magic input devices?
     
  7. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    Be VERY careful here. I had a 2011 mini, and now have a 2014 mini. USB 3.0 operates at a frequency that absolutely interferes with Bluetooth devices. It was so bad with my HooToo USB 3.0 hub that my Apple Trackpad was unusable. My only solution was to get a Thunderbolt hub, a 2M Thunderbolt cable, and stick the hub and associated USB 3.0 drives very far away from the Mac. Even now, I still get occasional interference.

    You can read more here: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us...al-bus/usb3-frequency-interference-paper.html
     
  8. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well that's frustrating. Why would they even let USB 3.0 out without fixing this? I'm sure this won't effect everyone but I've seen it mentioned a lot around the internet.

    I wonder if this is why Apple held off on 3.0, and why the ACDs never got them?
     

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