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WauloK
21st July 2010, 11:41 AM
Hi.

I've searched the forums but there's no mention of the words 'usb' or 'hub'.

Can anyone recommend a good USB hub for my MacBook Pro?
I have more than two USB devices to plug into it.

I have a generic USB hub but it stops working periodically and nothing makes it start again apart from waiting for a while. Unplugging USB and power does nothing. Plugging it back in, it's all still not working. Randomly it'll start again.

I'd like a decent one which will keep working :)

Thanks in advance!

ClockWork
21st July 2010, 12:06 PM
A good place to search - and a member here - are Try 'n Byte.
Searches on that site yield the following:

i-rocks Crystal USB 2.0 4-Port Hub - Red (http://www.tryandbyte.com.au/cgi-bin/page.pl?page=1065&title=i-rocks%20Crystal%20USB%202.0%204-Port%20Hub%20-%20Red)

i-rocks Crystal USB 2.0 12-in-1 Hubreader - Green (http://www.tryandbyte.com.au/cgi-bin/page.pl?page=1052&title=i-rocks%20Crystal%20USB%202.0%2012-in-1%20Hubreader%20-%20Green)

Kensington PocketHub USB 2.0 (http://www.tryandbyte.com.au/cgi-bin/page.pl?page=2545&title=%20Kensington%20PocketHub%20USB%202.0)

Targus Portable USB 2.0 Hub (http://www.tryandbyte.com.au/cgi-bin/page.pl?page=2913&title=Targus%20Portable%20USB%202.0%20Hub)

Kensington SmartFit™ Notebook Stand with USB Hub (http://www.tryandbyte.com.au/cgi-bin/page.pl?page=2548&title=%20Kensington%20SmartFit%99%20Notebook%20Sta nd%20with%20USB%20Hub)

Home - Try & Byte (http://www.tryandbyte.com.au/)

Steeley
21st July 2010, 12:28 PM
The problem is that there's a lot of crap USB hubs out there. It's hard to find a reputable one that doesn't either lock up the system on startup, or fail to detect peripherals at least some of the time. I'm keeping an eye on this thread because I'm also in the market for a quality USB hub. I currently have a d-link one and it's rubbish.

ClockWork
21st July 2010, 12:31 PM
Try 'n Byte sell really robust and nice looking Mac gear, and the USB Hubs above don't suck out any of those precious 5 amps from a USB 2 Port.

Also, they're extremely easy to talk to and deal with.

dacoda
21st July 2010, 12:58 PM
The problem is that there's a lot of crap USB hubs out there. It's hard to find a reputable one that doesn't either lock up the system on startup, or fail to detect peripherals at least some of the time. I'm keeping an eye on this thread because I'm also in the market for a quality USB hub. I currently have a d-link one and it's rubbish.


In my experience, D-Link equipment have always sucked. I have used plenty of Dlink stuff and I have never had something work the way it should.


But that's off topic. I too, am in need of a usb powered hub. Looking into those links now.

WauloK
21st July 2010, 01:08 PM
I ended up buying this one during lunch:
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/54813-targus-7-port-powered-usb-hub.html

I like the idea of the high powered ports for charging my iPhone while the laptop is off :)

milliedog
21st July 2010, 01:16 PM
I have found this Logitech one (http://www.logitech.com/en-au/notebook-products/usb-hubs/devices/3048) to be excellent - it's permanently connected to my iMac & runs fine with or without power for the things that I need.

I always have the keyboard & mouse running out of it, plus a DVD burner & printer dock that sometimes get used.

$60 is expensive though - I guess that's why they call it a "premium" hub.

ClockWork
21st July 2010, 01:23 PM
Wait wait wait wait.... lemme guess this - just for heck's sake - you posted here asking for other talkers for their knowledge of a good USB Hub for an MBP, then went to lunch - bought one and came back to tell us what you bought?

Before this post, you were bent on getting a Mac Mini - and then you snapped over within a few hours and got a MBP - and before that you logged off after asking the forum how to connect an iPhone to a home WiFi, so you could work it out yourself.

What's your game, sonny?

:tongue:

WauloK
21st July 2010, 01:51 PM
Uhh... I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure...?

I was bent on getting a Mac Mini before I visited the Apple store to see them. While I waited for the only Mac Mini demo unit to be free I played around with a MBP and liked it a lot. Then, I figured it'd be better for video editing, plus very portable and better than my Asus eeePC.
I posted here asking for help, but once my post was on here my tags allowed me to find other posts with the word 'hub' in them which the Search function fails to find. My only guess in the Search function ignores 3 letter words which I find annoying on forums due to the need to search for 'mp3', 'avi', 'usb', 'hub' and other TLAs.
Once I found the report on the Targus hub I read up on it and have seen other reviews which say it's the best USB hub around, so I went for a look through stores.
A friend on Facebook also recommended the Logitech mini 4port hub, but after looking at the review and an actual Targus one I decided to buy this one to try out. So ner! :P

WauloK
21st July 2010, 02:07 PM
As for home WiFi... I asked here and before I found an answer had researched and tested and worked it out the next day. Should I not post the fact that I bought a USB hub that I decided on or not post that I figured out the WiFi so others could use the information?
Not sure what you're getting at...
One day I didn't know the WiFi thing. I tested things and figured it out. The next day I posted my answer. Perhaps I should have just waited for someone else to do it for me.

ClockWork
21st July 2010, 02:30 PM
One sentence - five syllables:

Google is your fwiend. (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=USB+4+Port+Hubs+for+MacBook+-+MacTalk)

Note what's at the very top of that list.

Arkhum_Eramak
21st July 2010, 02:32 PM
I have a D-Link DUB-H4 four port powered hub. I haven't had any problems with it. I had heaps of problems with other hubs though.

WauloK
21st July 2010, 03:20 PM
Yeah but builtin search functions should work. In fact the one right at the top of this page doesn't do anything at all! :)
Should be no need to Google a forum with builtin search engines!

WauloK
21st July 2010, 03:21 PM
I have a D-Link DUB-H4 four port powered hub. I haven't had any problems with it. I had heaps of problems with other hubs though.

I'd thought about going to the Apple store to get a hub as surely they'd only sell ones which work well with Macs, however they only stock Belkin and if you GOOGLE around there's sooo many complaints about Belkin hubs.

WauloK
21st July 2010, 03:22 PM
All in all I'd like to thank everyone for their suggestions.
Yes, there are online stores to get hubs, but I'd prefer to get one now as I'm busy programming and doing graphics design each night and I'd also like to look at them before buying. :)

The_Hawk
3rd September 2010, 08:54 AM
I have the Logitech 4 port powered hub:

LOGITECH Premium 4-Port USB Hub 939-000061 (XH0543) | Dick Smith Online Store (http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4c802a9201cf5414273fc0a87e01067b/Product/View/XH0543)

After screwing around with three yum cha versions for ~$20 each I returned them all and bought the Logitech which has worked flawlessly ever since (and it managed to do it without 40,000 flashing LED's).

sparky13
3rd September 2010, 10:18 PM
You've already got one and I would agree with your choice. Go either targus or logitech and preferably a powered one