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USB-C Hub 24 Oct 2018 11:59 #97509

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I only have one USB-C on my iMac.
Is there a USB-C Hub that will give me at least two more ?
I Haven't found any.
One USB-C goes to the HUB and the HUB has at least two better if 3 USB-C that I can use.
One is used by the external monitor. The other with external HD.
There shouldn't be a speed issue or am I mistaken?

Thanks.
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USB-C Hub 19 Sep 2019 01:05 #101505

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I have this on my iMac Pro and love it.
www.amazon.com/dp/B078859974/ref=as_li_s...6a9d5ea1d2008f8ff269

This could be a little cheaper and easier.
www.amazon.com/Anker-Adapter-Ethernet-Ma...819&s=gateway&sr=8-8
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USB-C Hub 19 Sep 2019 03:24 #101509

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Neither of the above, nor any other device at this time provides more than just 1 usb-c port. Looking around forums reveals much information about this (whether it's true or not I cannot confirm). Many sites indicate that the chip required for USB-C distribution currently does not exist and some sites indicate this will be possible some time in 2020. Use your own judgement as to the credibility of these sites and forums - but I also haven't been able to locate any dock that provides multiple USB-C ports.

Here's a link to one such site where this is discussed:
superuser.com/questions/1381139/why-cant...multiple-usb-c-ports
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USB-C Hub 19 Sep 2019 10:07 #101518

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dgwvideo wrote:
Neither of the above, nor any other device at this time provides more than just 1 usb-c port...

You seem to be right. I notice none of the USB-C hubs provide 1-to-many ports. There are some which provide 2, but they are 2-in, 2-out: www.hypershop.com/collections/usb-c-hubs

Besides this there have always been chronic issues with USB hubs not providing the full voltage/current capability of the native Mac ports. This is regardless of whether the hubs are powered or not. There are many USB "power negotiation" protocols between source and sink.

If the 3rd-party hub chipset does not properly support Apple's protocol, you will encounter cases where a spinning bus-powered USB drive will go off line, or maybe two plugged into the same USB-A hub will go off line, whereas of those drives were plugged into the Mac ports they work fine.

There are relatively inexpensive yet sophisticated test devices which allow examining this, while placing an artificial variable load on the USB port.

www.amazon.com/AVHzY-Digital-Multimeter-...0000V/dp/B073R7YRM9/
Last Edit: 19 Sep 2019 10:08 by joema.
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USB-C Hub 19 Sep 2019 12:00 #101521

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Thanks for the update.
Indeed it is surprising how soemthing so obvious (to me) is hard to find.
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