Which USB3 Hub for a 2012 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gpspad, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    I have been going through amazon reviews, all over mac rumors, and having a problem finding a good powered USB3 hub.

    I have my 2012 mac mini in a hi-rise stand with my monitor, I was looking for a USB3 hub for extra ports and so I don't have to keep reaching in back. But most of the amazon reviews complain about hubs that die or don't work with external HD's plugged into macs. On mac rumors I keep reading about OSX having a bug that screws up any hub with more than 4 ports.

    I need whatever I get to run external HD's and mouse or keyboard if my wireless ones die.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Right now I have two spare USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the Mac mini. That is because my monitor has plenty of powered USB 3.0 ports and I also have a generic Cable Matters non-powered hub. High current devices are best on the side of the Dell monitor or the rear of the Mac.

    You can visit OtherWorld Computing for a variety of quality USB 3.0 hubs. https://eshop.macsales.com/
  3. adamcarvell macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2013
    warwickshire england
  4. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I have the D-Link DUB-1340 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub. Keep contemplating putting some double-sided tape on the bottom of it to have it sit on the top of the mini...
  5. Hede macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    I am thinking of gething the 4 port Belkin USB 3 hub. Got the same but USB 2 on my 2011 Mac mini, works great.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I went a different route with my 2012 Mini.

    I bought a couple of USB3 "male/female" cables, 3' long.

    I just run them from a couple of ports on the mini, so that they "face front" by my keyboard.

    Not a "hub", but gives me easy access to 2 of the ports...
  7. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    I use this USB 3.0 hub:

    This hub uses the newest VIA VL813 chipset and has an external power supply. I'm sure it is also available under other brand names.

    No problems with external SSDs / HDDs / USB flash drives / et cetera. Supports USB 3.0 UASP and does not reduce the speed of the USB 3.0 protocol.

    I use this setting:
    for better compatibility. Apples power management code seems to be buggy.

    Connected devices (24/7) sleep & wake up without any problems (they use only the newest UASP chipsets like the ASMedia ASM1153E).
  8. Wildhope macrumors member


    Feb 6, 2017
    I don't know if this is relevant but I have a lot of portable hard drives connected to an anker 10 3.0 powered hub and all of my drives work. It was only $40 on amazon.
  9. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    I was looking at that one, but I want any drives attached to restart if the mac goes to sleep or reboots, I read somewhere the problem is with OSX and hubs with over 4 ports.
  10. Kentuckienne, Feb 16, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2017

    Kentuckienne macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2013
    Based on this thread, I popped over to Amazon to look up hubs for my 2012 mini. I have two ports in the daskeyboard, but still it's too congested back of the mini, and I am looking to get a external SSD.

    Some of the Anker hubs say not to use them with high power-consumption devices, such as external hard drives, especially calling out some WD drives. But then they have this product:

    Anker AH241 USB 3.0 Aluminum 13-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Smart Charging Port with 12V 5A Power Adapter [VIA VL812-B2 Chipset] which just says "For maximum performance, connected devices should not exceed a combined current of 8A."

    This should be good, yes? Anybody have experience with this newer hub and external SSD drives? I like it because it also has a charging port that supports older tablets, like my trusty New iPad from lord knows when ago...

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