USB 3.0 questions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Sir Ruben, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

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    The 4 USB ports on the back of my mini have been used up pretty quickly. I have a mouse, keyboard, webcam, and external drive connected.

    My Dell Ultrasharp monitor has 4 USB ports (2.0 I would imagine) so I am considering using one of the 4 ports on the back of the mini for the USB uplink cable to the monitor. That way I can free up the other ports at the back of the mini.

    If you were me what WOULDNT you connect to the ports on the monitor? Im assuming that things like the mouse and keyboard are fine, but would I be better off connecting the HD webcam and external HDD directly the the mini itself?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

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    the ports on the monitor are basically a USB hub.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm saying if you don't want to use the ports on the display or if you want USB 3.0 throughput, which the display's ports can't provide, using a USB 3.0 hub will enable you to add more USB 3.0 devices to your mini.
     
  5. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    Keyboard and mouse would be just fine in the monitor. Just out of curiosity, have you concidered moving to a bluetooth k/m? Doesnt have to be apple, but it could help free up some ports.

    I would def put the external HDD on the USB3 ports if it is USB3, otherwise it doesnt matter. No experience with the cam, but I would imagine that the USB3 ports would be good there.
     
  6. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah sorry I get you. Yeah thats a good suggestion actually. The reason Im considering the monitor route is that it would be quite a neat and tidy setup.

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    I am considering the apple keyboard and mouse a little further down the line to be honest. The only reason Im not doing it yet is because I have a nice backlit Logitech keyboard.

    I guess if my devices are not USB 3.0 compliant then there will be little difference whether I plug them into the mini or the monitor right?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Correct.
     
  8. kdoug macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I purchased. Looks awesome with the Mini.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007X6XJ98/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
     
  9. gigaguy macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, just got one on ebay for $15. My current mini has 5 USB, so the 2012 mini with 4 was tight. Now I'll have 3 USB3, and 4USB2.
     
  10. DisMyMac macrumors 65816

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    I assume USB 3 has the same power issues as USB 2. So an unpowered hub is only good for a mouse, keyboard, and separately powered devices... not good with typical web cams, portable drives, some scanners, and other stuff.
     
  11. gigaguy macrumors 65816

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    I just need a hub for things like iDevices, camera, and my Sony Rolly.
     
  12. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Probably, but in the OPs situation with a 4-port hub built into the monitor, that's probably a powered hub. My Dell monitors' ports appear to be powered.
     

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