USB Hub on the new 27" iMac

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  1. danmc00 macrumors regular

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    I just bought a 27" iMac last weekend. I am new to the Mac world. Lifelong PC user. I am just looking for some pointers.
    I love this computer, but the USB ports are a hassle to get to. I am always loading pics to my computer from the USB port and I hate having to move the monitor every time to do it.
    Couple of questions:
    How many USB hubs can I run?
    I am trying to hook up Magic Jack phone and HP printer on one and have another mounted in the front of my desk for downloading pictures and files easily.
    Is there any certain brand to look for? Does it need to be powered?
     
  2. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Seriously? :eek:
    The USB rule on the Mac is the same as for the PC.

    You can have as many USB ports as you have mains outlets, assuming you buy powered USB hub. Though like on the PC, USB has a maximum cable length, if the furthest port is more than 12 feet away, the signal might become weak.... If you need loads of ports, Belkin does some really flexible units.

    I have one of those... :)

    Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Hub
    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=196201
     
  3. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    You could always buy the Apple wired keyboard - that has a USB port built into the each side, making it easy to plug in Flash drives, etc. (as long as they're thin), plus you get a "bonus" numerical keypad.
     
  4. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    I bought one of these and slid it under my Airport Extreme... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817394017

    Get a long cable to the back of the iMac. You can also connect one of these to the Airport itself and have shared USB ports like a printer or external HDD (formatted for HFS of course).
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    i just leave the cable for my camera plugged in

    these are coming from your camera, correct?

    what kind of card is in your camera? SD?

    and as others have stated, as many USB ports as you want, just get a hub.
     
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...that looks nice, but it a bit pricey just to have a nice look especially if you haven't needed to use the external power supply with it yet...
     
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    I was really considering getting one of these when my 27" iMac comes, but was worried about high high that would in fact make the screen on my desk. I think too high as well. :(
     
  11. iMerlin macrumors 6502a

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    Thats why I went with that belkin hub, it doesnt even look like it should be connected to the iMac. Its on the other side of the desk.
     

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