Thunderbolt dock or hub usb + adapter?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bubulol, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hey, i have a Macbook Air that misses a lack of connectivity
    I recently bought couple usb and adapter stuffs
    An 4 ports hub usb self powered + Ethernet to gigabit usb 3.0 + Thunderbolt to HDMI
    I had issue with data transfer through Ethernet, big data transfers from my local NAS to my Macbook Air, continuously failed. As result, whole Ethernet connection eventually dropped.
    I am wondering if a thunderbolt dock would be an overall better choice?
    + No more local data transfer issue
    + Less cables to handle
    + All In One vs 3 devices
    - Very pricey!!!

    Any advice would be appreciated
  2. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    I have two Startech TB docks that provide excellent ethernet support.

    USB is more of cheap consumer grade stuff. Although there may be a couple good ones, any thunderbolt dock will out perform them by a wide margin for general purpose use.
  4. wuush macrumors member

    May 4, 2014
    Do you wanna spend that much money just because your Ethernet Connection doesn't work 100% ?
    If its just because of that you should maybe think about purchasing the official Apple Ethernet Adapters (Thunderbolt or USB)
    I use the Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter and it works flawlessly. There might be a problem with your USB-Hub or Ethernet-Adapter.
    If i were in your position i wouldn't spend that much money (on a TB-DOck) just because the Ethernet doesn't work 100%.

    1. Thunderbolt 2 is already outdated (Skylake will use TB3 and a new Connector)
    2. A Thunderbolt2 Dock is really expensive compared to a USB-Solution.
    3. A Macbook Air isn't meant for heavy workloads (What do you use it for?)
    4. The Macbook Air is probably getting replaced by the Macbook Retina and USB-C/TB3 will be the new connector for everything that is still wired.

    EDIT: what do you think of this?
  5. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Yes you re right, its too expensive for my use
    The ethernet hub usb that you ve linked
    I used similar one from Hootoo, i had many connection issues with it
    I ordered, separate hub usb + ethernet usb 3.0 adapter + mini dp to hdmi/dvi adapter
    For less than 50$ while a thunderbolt docking station would cost not less than 230$
  6. wuush macrumors member

    May 4, 2014
    You could try a powered USB-Hub. Im not an expert but thats what i would do.

    How fast is your NAS does it need Gigabit Ethernet? (You could try the Apple USB-Ethernet Adapter)

    Did you check your Ethernet Cables? (CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6?)
  7. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Yes no probl with my ethernet cable, CAT6 i guess
    Wifi: 200 mb (real speed)
    Ethernet: 500 mb (real speed)
    Wifi is fast enough but it doesnt mean i have no issues, speed transfer from NAS to Mac, seems to be a bit slow, HD movies have some lag while in ethernet it doesnt
    I ordered an ethernet usb adapter + a self powered usb hub + bus powered usb hub
  8. wuush macrumors member

    May 4, 2014
    What happens when you plug the ethernet-usb adapter directly into your macbook?
  9. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    I had connecting issue with ethernet usb hub which is bus powered
    Now i ordered self powered hub + another bus powered hub
    + separate usb ethernet adapter
    My assumption is ethernet usb hub is unreliable if you need to transfer huge local folder (that contains many files)
    If i connect ethernet adapter right directly into Macbook, i would bet i wont find any connecting or transferring issue
  10. zettabyte macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2015
    StarTech Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet with USB 3.0 Adapter Model #(TB2USB3GE), works excellent. I have both the Apple Ethernet -> Thunderbolt adapter and the StarTech, but I prefer the StarTech because you can use both the Ethernet and USB 3.0 at the same time, while working just as well than the Apple Adapter. It's very solid. + It won't cost you $200+ for a dock.
  11. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    I got ethernet adapter and self powered usb hub today
    Ethernet adapter doesnt work on Windows lol although i have installed drivers
    I use both OSX/Win
    Dunno why it doesnt work anymore

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