USB to Thunderbolt possible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by sytrusze, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. sytrusze macrumors member

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    Dear members,

    I have a lot of usb devices, but i've heard a rumor that i can connect all my usb devices to the thunderbolt port and take advantage of the thunderbolt speed! Is this correct? And how can I do this, do I need a special cable or converter?

    thnx!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It is possible to build a thunderbolt->USB bridge/hub. But USB devices will still be limited by the fact they are USB and will only run at USB speeds. They will not magically be able to run at Thunderbolt speeds.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No. A peripheral connection can only go as fast as its slowest protocol- in your case USB. You might be able to physically connect the device (although that doesn't make sense, since a USB-to-Thunderbolt adapter will probably cost a significant amount), but it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds.
     
  4. sytrusze thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the information.
    Guess that was a very false rumor I've heard.
     

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