Thunderbolt Hub (curious...)

Apple.of.my.I

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 12, 2011
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Texas
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.
 

blewvelvet

macrumors member
Apr 22, 2009
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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!
 

Mike Valmike

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Feb 27, 2012
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Chandler, Arizona
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.
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.
 

341328

Suspended
Jul 18, 2009
732
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Hub

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
 

terraphantm

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Jun 27, 2009
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Pennsylvania
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
 

Trunks87

macrumors newbie
Jul 2, 2012
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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
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.