USB Hubs / Recommendations?

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USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by DVISN » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:05 am

Hey,

So I have a Push, a Midi Keyboard, portable HD, and an Audio Interface and only 2 USB slots on my MacBook Pro. Was wondering if anyone has used a good USB Hub that would support all of these simultaneously without any hiccups? Or if anyone has any recommendations of manufacturers or products on this front. I remember having some issues with one I had in the past, but I'm assuming that there are hubs that will work with all of these devices?

Here are a couple I found:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... d=1&name=5

Thanks!!
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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by stallos » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:45 am

Also looking for one of these - seem some by Anker and Satechi which look nice although some seem pricey for what they are.

thanks in advance for any experiences shared

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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by 102455 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:50 pm

You need to bear power requirements in mind when choosing a hub. Make sure that the PSU supplied with it is capable of providing enough current.


In theory each USB output can supply up to 500mA of current, so a ten output hub should have a PSU capable of at least 5A (500mA x 10).

Hubs are often supplied with PSUs which have a spec lower than that required to run the outputs at capacity.


Not a problem if all your devices are low powered, but something to remember.

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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by Tarekith » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:31 pm

Been using powered Plugable hubs here for a rehearsal with no issues at all.


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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by Tarekith » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:32 pm

Yep, that's one of the ones I use too.

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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by DVISN » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:55 am

Thx illsub! I picked one up and LOVE IT!

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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by Machinesworking » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:44 am

Vote for Satachi. Specifically the heavy duty "mac" one.
http://www.satechi.net/index.php/satech ... black-trim

Backwards compatible completely, and ready for USB 3 devices and drives. Running Rig Kontrol, Kore, Launchpad, QuNexus, iLock, and a Novation Remote Sl on it with no problems.

My thinking is why buy a USB 2 hub when it will just possibly be a problem in the future? My last hub lasted about 9 years.

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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by aisling » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:38 am

Machinesworking wrote:Vote for Satachi. Specifically the heavy duty "mac" one.
http://www.satechi.net/index.php/satech ... black-trim

Backwards compatible completely, and ready for USB 3 devices and drives. Running Rig Kontrol, Kore, Launchpad, QuNexus, iLock, and a Novation Remote Sl on it with no problems.

My thinking is why buy a USB 2 hub when it will just possibly be a problem in the future? My last hub lasted about 9 years.
Ouch! I just ordered the above mentioned based on the positive feedback.....
The gear I'll use on is usb 2 so maybe it did not throw all my money away. :?
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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by TheNobleNemesis » Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:08 am

I was also considering buying a USB hub, but to any hub users - is there a noticable decline in responsiveness from MIDI devices (i.e. latency) that are linked to your USB hub?

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Re: USB Hubs / Recommendations?

Post by oblique strategies » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:30 am

Consider getting one that is Multi-TT (Multi-Transaction Translator).

Single vs. Multi-TT hub comparison:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb ... 677-3.html

Info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_hub
To allow high-speed devices to operate in their fastest mode all hubs between the devices and the computer must be high speed. High-speed devices should fall back to full-speed when plugged in to a full-speed hub (or connected to an older full-speed computer port). While high-speed hubs support all device speeds, low and full-speed traffic is combined and segregated from high-speed traffic through a transaction translator. Each transaction translator segregates lower speed traffic into its own pool, essentially creating a virtual full-speed bus. Some designs use a single transaction translator, while other designs have multiple translators. Having multiple translators is only a significant benefit when connecting multiple high-bandwidth full-speed devices.

It is an important consideration that in common language (and often product marketing) USB 2.0 is used as synonymous with high-speed. However, because the USB 2.0 specification, which introduced high-speed, incorporates and supersedes the USB 1.1 specification, any compliant full-speed or low-speed device is still a USB 2.0 device. Thus, not all USB 2.0 hubs operate at high-speed.

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