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Brett RamseyReliable USB3 Hubs for iMac?
by on Sep 4, 2014 at 11:47:09 am

I am looking for a reliable USB 3 hub (in fact at least 2) for my iMac. I currently lose one port to the Superdrive and need to plug in 4 2TB USB 3 drives, 1 USB Audio Input and an elgato TV tuner.
I also swap in and out 16 GB USB Flash drives which I use to distribute the work to the station.
Any suggestions? I have tried a few but they have all either not worked at all or reverted to USB 2 speeds as soon as I add the tuner and audio.
I've seen a few 7port hubs coming on to the market but I've heard they're not very good.

Brett Ramsey
FCP/Mac hold out in a very PC environment.


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John DavidsonRe: Reliable USB3 Hubs for iMac?
by on Sep 6, 2014 at 8:15:51 am

We are happy with anything from satechi on amazon.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Gary HuffRe: Reliable USB3 Hubs for iMac?
by on Sep 6, 2014 at 6:57:33 pm

I have a Anker 7 Port + 1 port charging hub that is almost always connected to my MBPr and it works great. Highly recommended.


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Chuck RetiRe: Reliable USB3 Hubs for iMac?
by on Sep 11, 2014 at 1:26:43 pm

My understanding is that the USB will revert to the speed of the slowest device on the bus. A hub merely extends the bus on the iMac that you"re plugged into. I don't know if the different USB 3 ports on the iMac are separate buses or not. On past models they were not.
Depending on your model and it's vintage, there possibly may be a device solution involving use of FireWire or Thunderbolt to create a USB bus separate from the internals.


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Brett RamseyRe: Reliable USB3 Hubs for iMac?
by on Sep 11, 2014 at 10:17:27 pm

Yeah it's only the one bus. Looks like a Thunderbolt dock will be the only way to solve the problem.
Might have to grab one from the States though as the cheapest I can find here is $350.

Brett Ramsey
FCP/Mac hold out in a very PC environment.


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Mitch IvesRe: Reliable USB3 Hubs for iMac?
by on Oct 16, 2014 at 9:31:37 pm

So far we've had good luck with the Iogear SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-port hub...

Mitch Ives
Insight Productions Corp.

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