USB hub advice for iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by willie45, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. willie45 macrumors regular

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    Hi

    I have a white 2.16Gb 2007 24inch white iMac. I have quite a few USB devices plugged into it and I want to add some extra USB capability. I believe I need to buy a USB Hub.

    I notice you can get them powered and unpowered. Is there any advantage to the powered ones or not?

    I have also heard that I shouldn't attach more than a 2 way hub because larger ones cause problems is this true?

    Last is there any particular brands which are likely to be more reliable than others?

    Thanks


    Willie
     
  2. kolax macrumors G3

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    Powered hubs are required when attaching devices that use power from USB (i.e. iPod, USB Flash Drive etc) since a single USB port cannot provide enough power for more than one device.
     
  3. willie45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks kila. If I used, for example an unpowered 4 way hub and attached 4 devices to it could I use this set up for devices which use power as long as I only used one device at a time?


    Willie
     
  4. kolax macrumors G3

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    You can use an unpowered USB hub with things like external hard drives that have their own power supply, printers to name a few.

    Anything like webcams, flash drives etc you'll need a powered one. I'd buy a powered one just so you have the option incase it arises in the future.
     
  5. willie45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the advice and information. I will probably look into powered hubs and consider my needs


    Willie
     
  6. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    I can recommend this USB hub made by Belkin
    (my personal review)

    I think it will match your imac very nicely.
    And I also recommend getting a powered usb hub.
     

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