USB Media card reader

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jmsy, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. jmsy macrumors newbie

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    I have been looking for a USB3 card reader that works with the Sonnet Technologies Allegro USB 3.0 card (not the pro model). I was interested in the Lexar Professional 2 slot card but alot of reviews say it doesn't work well with the FL100 drivers used with this card. Is anyone having good results with this usb card and the Lexar or the Sonnet DIO ? There must be a card that works well besides the expensive Hoodman. Mac Pro 5.1, El Capitan 10.11.1.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Over in the USB 3.0 thread, user Fiatlux says that his Lexar card reader is unreliable hooked directly to his FL1100-based card, but that connecting the Lexar to the USB card via a powered USB 3.0 hub in between fixes the problem.

    I hesitate to mention it at all because it's only one post, and I'm definitely not making any promises. However, based on that one post I'd assume that if you have a powered USB 3.0 hub anyway, you could probably use the Lexar. I don't know if a non-powered HUB will work, and I very much doubt a simple extension cable would do the trick. So if you have a powered hub anyway, and you like the Lexar, I'd say it's worth a try. Just order it from a place with a good return policy.

    Personally, I use an el-cheapo card reader ($8) and it's been 100% reliable for me, but it doesn't have compact flash, it's not dual slot, and in any case it's plugged into a powered USB hub just like that guy's Lexar is.
     
  3. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Same here, except I plug mine directly into a USB port and it works fine.
     
  4. weinschela macrumors regular

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    My Lexar did not work connected directly (but not to a Sonnet Card) but works with a powered hub.
     
  5. jmsy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am wondering if the Sonnet Card Will make a difference. There must be some reason the Lexar works in a hub and not directly in usb port.
     
  6. jmsy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just for everyones information I have tried the Lexar reader with the Sonnet card and it does work fine. I did not have to use the firmware update on there site, the reader is the new LRW400 model.I am thinking all the problems come up using the older model.
     
  7. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Good to know. Glad it all worked out.
     
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