USB Port - Is it Multi-Usable?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by BeeS4335, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. BeeS4335 macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2008
    I have a brand new MacBook Air which currently has a Superdrive attached to the USB port. I'd like to get a mac compatible digi camera and my wife wants an ipod. Can I simply disconnect the drive and connect the camera/ipod at will or do I have to buy a hub? On my old XP machine it seemed to me the ports were dedicated to their peripherals. Would be grateful for advice.
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    No hub is necessary. If you don't need the SuperDrive plugged in, then just unplug it from the USB port -- use it only when you need it. You can use the USB port for whatever you need to (iPods, digital cameras, printers, etc.). If you intend to plug in more than one USB based perhapial at a time, then yes, you will need a hub.
  3. BeeS4335 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2008
  4. Seth Hawkins macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    NC, USA
    USB & SuperDrive

    Keep this in mind - the SuperDrive won't work thru a USB hub. It must be connected directly to the MBA's USB port. I have had an external HDD and a printer connected thru a hub without problems.

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