USB3 Ports

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tibas92013, May 15, 2019 at 1:28 PM.

  1. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    The MM 2018 only has two(2) USB3 Ports which presents a problem in hooking-up my wired keyboard,Bose Speakers,Wireless Mouse connection and my Epson printer. So,what is the best way to solve this problem?
     
  2. Kamolas macrumors newbie

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    A USB-C Hub like this for example. You can keep the 2 USB3 ports on the Mini free and get more 3 USB3 ports
     
  3. tibas92013, May 15, 2019 at 4:07 PM
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    tibas92013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Kamaolas, thanx for your reply! Also, trying to decide on the MM 2018 configuration as what to upgrade:

    Since I can add more Ram at a later date should I go for the MM 2018 i7 3.2 GHz 6-Core with 512 GB SSD Storage or just go with MM 2018 i5 16 GB Ram and 512 GB SSD Storage?
     
  4. Kamolas macrumors newbie

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  5. purplealert macrumors newbie

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    I bought a MM2018 late last year. Like you, I had a number of items to plug into it so I used my existing USB3 hub from Anker, which I previously used with my 2012 MBP. I'm sure a USB-C hub would also be a great choice.

    The MM seems a little more temperamental with USB than the MBP but I have everything working well. I have my wired Das Keyboard in one USB3 port and the hub off the other with numerous devices attached. I found I needed to have the keyboard directly attached if needing to boot to the EFI boot menu and sometimes it simply wouldn't register when attached via the hub(unless the hub was power cycled). I still think Apple have bugs they need to address with the MM USB as I've never had issues with the MBP similarly connected.

    In terms of the model to purchase, I went with the i7, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. Personally I would buy the best of what you can afford in terms of storage as you're not going to be able to upgrade that. I bought aftermarket 32GB RAM and installed that myself for a fraction of the price Apple charge for it.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    "The MM 2018 only has two(2) USB3 Ports which presents a problem in hooking-up my wired keyboard,Bose Speakers,Wireless Mouse connection and my Epson printer. So,what is the best way to solve this problem?"

    No, you have SIX USB3 ports available to use.
    2 of them are USB3a.
    4 of them are USB3c (if you wish to use them for USB).

    I use this to connect my old USB keyboard to one of the USBc ports:
    https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Adapter-USB-C-Inches/dp/B00UUBQ0U8/ref=sr_1_21?crid=2RPNO849D6PB4&keywords=usbc+to+usba+female&qid=1554512146&s=gateway&sprefix=usbc+to+usba,aps,137&sr=8-21
     
  7. TonyK macrumors 65816

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    While Fishrrman is correct, I understand you are looking for Type A ports, not Type C ports.

    I purchased a TB3 dock which gave me 5 more USB 3 Type A ports to use. The back of my monitor has 2 and I have a much older USB 2 hub (connected to the dock). Over on the external drive table there is an Amazon Basic USB 3 hub (connected to the doc).

    No problems noted yet. It worked with the TB2 doc I've had since 2017 without an issue and is working well with the TB3 dock.
     

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