Thunderbolt dock or hub usb + adapter?

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  1. bubulol macrumors 6502

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    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
    Thanks
     
  2. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    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

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    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 Thunderbolt 2 is already outdated (Skylake will use TB3 and a new Connector)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: http://de.ianker.com/product/A7514041 what do you think of this?
     
  5. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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 6502

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    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

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

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    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

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    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 6502

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    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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