USB 3 Hub with Ethernet

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tiwizard, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. tiwizard macrumors regular

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    Where I am, WiFi can be spotty at times with all of the interference, so I'd prefer to be on the faster wired network (500 mbps).

    I would use Apple's Thunderbolt->Ethernet adapter, but I also sometimes have my monitor plugged into the port, so unfortunately that's out. That leaves me with the USB 3 ports. Because the Air only has two USB ports and I have an external drive and mouse/keyboard connected, there's also no room for the USB 3 to ethernet adapter to attach to my computer.

    I'd like to get a dock or hub with USB 3 and ethernet, kind of like the Kanex DualRole that is coming out on the 28th. That way, I get ethernet, USB 3 speeds on my hard drive, and still have more ports for the keyboard/mouse.

    Does anyone know of one that is cheaper than that, or is that my best option?

    Other contenders include:
    http://www.siig.com/usb-3-0-2-0-hub-with-gigabit-ethernet.html
     
  2. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock let's you hook up your screen, has Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports.
     
  3. tiwizard thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, unfortunately it's $300 and also not available. I'm trying *not* to spend that much ;)
     
  4. Giuly, Feb 18, 2013
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    Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    Then maybe regular USB 3.0 hub and a nicer USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter with a quality chipset.
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Yes...The only really reliable USB 3 hub I've found is the D-Link...Works fine, but I can't vouch for the Belkin, It came to market after I bought the D-Link.

    A separate Ethernet hub would be a better idea.
     
  6. tiwizard thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, that was the alternative solution I was thinking about. Maybe I'll just go with that.
     
  7. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    Website now says it will be available 3/19/13.

    I ordered one the day it was announced, and only received an order confirmation. No other info since then.

    Does look to be a clever device.
     

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