Thunderbolt Hub (curious...)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    Will there ever be a thunderbolt hub that is as simple as a USB hub? I mean like as simple as connecting it to your thunderbolt hub and having 2 thunderbolt connections. Considering I have he 2011 iMac 21.5" with 1 thunderbolt connection. I've seen other hubs on the market with the extra connections on it like USB and FireWire. I guess I should have gone with the 27" model.... Any thoughts or is this even possible? Thanks.
  2. tmagman macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2010
    Calgary AB
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    I will patiently wait then.......Thanks for the reply.
  4. blewvelvet macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2009
    ATTN Manufacturers!

    Here is what we need.

    A HUB that has input on one side of Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt...and which alows us to have ports on the back which should have:

    2 Thunderbolt ports
    2 Firewire 800 ports
    1 Firewire 400 ports
    6 USB 2/3 ports
    2 HDMI ports
    4 SDI ports

    Now we are talking!
  5. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
  6. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    The technical limitation, as I understand it, is that any given Thunderbolt series can only terminate in one display. Corrections welcomed if that isn't the case. So that would be your hard limit on what could chain up, and a hub could conceivably be a very simple mid-chain element as in the link tmagman posted.
  7. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009

    I want a hub that will have thunderbolt input on one side and output:

    2 x thunderbolt / mini display ports
    3 x USB3
    1 x Ethernet
    Plus audio out 3.5mm jack
  8. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    All I really want is some kind of splitter that separates the PCIe from the display port. I would like to use 3 monitors on my rMBP while also being able to use the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter, and I'd rather not have to buy a thunderbolt display
  9. Trunks87 macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    I'd suggest looking into a USB 3.0 to Gigabit ethernet adapter to free up space on your Thunderbolt ports. I have an external display for my MBA and in order to wire in and use that display I also have to choose between what should be connected.

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