Thunderbolt Splitter or Thunderbolt Hub

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AntonWebern, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. AntonWebern macrumors newbie

    AntonWebern

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    There are many ways for a thunderbolt chain to come to an end, e.g. Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, Thunderbolt to Mini Display Port adapter, Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter.

    I can't seem to find a Thunderbolt Splitter or Hub anywhere. There are some hubs that add usb ports, but none of them appear to actually multiply the number of Thunderbolt dead-ends you can have.

    Please note: everyone knows Thunderbolt is designed to daisy-chain. The point is there are many items that will end the chain, so a splitters are still required so long as you have more chain-ending-items than you do Thunderbolt daisy chains.
     
  2. sevimli macrumors 6502a

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    Your only choice is Apple TB display. Sad but true... :eek:
     
  3. AntonWebern thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately it only has 2 Thunderbolt ports. Wish there was something with 3 or more Thunderbolt ports on it.

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    I wonder if there is some sort of licensing restriction at play... I wouldn't be surprised if Apple has some mechanism for banning Thunderbolt splitting devices so that :apple: can sell more Thunderbolt displays.
     
  4. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

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    The thunderbolt display only has 1 thunderbolt port...
     
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    You can't just expect people to be able to make a hub for a technology that based on daisy-chaining topology.
     
  7. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

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    hopefully they can reign in the price.

    also, uses 6amps? wow.
     
  8. AntonWebern thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope, it only has 2 Thunderbolt ports... I guess with the Belkin though you could make your monitors the end of the chain and the Belkin handles most other chain-ending situations such as TB->Ethernet, TB->Firewire. That Belkin unit would have been way more boss if it just had say two more Thunderbolt ports on it.
     
  9. mzn50 macrumors newbie

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    So question.. I have a Promise technology Pegausus R 4 SAN.. and it only has 1 Thunderbolt input and a daisy chain.. I wanted to add my other Mac to it.. but no go.. I tried to via network.. connected fine via the Network.. but S-L-O-W .. my backup was calculated at 29 days for 250GB .. brutal..Apple support says nothing can be done..(TimeMachine)

    So back to the HUB.. I want to get a hub with 2 thunderbolt inputs and one OUT to the SAN ..will that work ?

    the LaCie eSATA Hub is just that .. a hub for eSATA.. and the Belkin only has 1 port in ?

    any way to trick these out ? or another option ?

    thanks !
     
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  11. Macspectation macrumors newbie

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    Thunderbolt Hubs for Apple Cinema Display users

    If you are a user of the 24inch or 27inch Apple Cinema Display which does not have thunderbolt ports on the back, there is still NO option for you to use your monitor AND at the same time, connect a thunderbolt peripheral device that does not have the port duplicated. These displays use the mini display port connector which will use one port on the hub, the other port will connect the hub to your MacBook Pro/Air.

    Think about adding a video encoding/recording device from matrox or blackmagic design and you are stuck! Yes even the latest www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F4U055 Thunderbolt™ Express Dock from Belkin has only TWO ports at the back. Do not be misled by the pictures. That dark receptacle at the front is a groove that cuts through to the back allowing a tidy way to connect the cable to your MacBook Air/Pro.

    I am waiting (not sure how long I can wait) for a 3 or 4 port thunderbolt hub!
     

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