Powered USB Hub 3.0 problems with mac

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  1. ljholland

    ljholland Supporting Member

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    Return it and try a different one...

    Make sure you're using good cables...
     
  3. ljholland

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    Any recommendations?
     
  4. BWebb

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    I use an Anker 10 port with my Mac that I got from Amazon. My interface is not connected to it (Apollo Thunderbolt) but everything else is and I haven’t had any issues.
     
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    I've boxed up the insignia to return and have ordered the Anker - there seems to be consensus that it works.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  6. Papanate

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    What Mac? Meaning how many USB ports do you have on board?

    What is the interface?

    That asked - I think that the Akai is confusing the USB port.
    And depending on what Interface you have it may be that the
    two together (Since information is going both ways) don't play well
    together.

    And BTW Ableton is not dropping the connection - your computer is.
     
  7. ljholland

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    Hi Papa,
    It's a MB Pro with two USB ports
    The interface is a Steinberg UR22

    I'm one USB short. Things to plug in:
    - UR22
    - Akai 25 keyboard controller
    - Line 6 helix

    I have experimented with plugging the Akai's MIDI out into the UR22 and that seems to work (as long as I can power the Akai). But, having a couple of extra USB ports would save annoyances. My understanding from reading the interwebs is that I should directly connect the UR22 and everything else can go through the hub.
     
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    Yup. Some hubs work and others do not. I had one that didn’t work at all with my Mac mini. I got a D-link unit and it works perfectly for the past few years.
     
  9. GravityJim

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    My powered hub is a house brand Amazon Essentials. Supports 8 devices of all kinds, worked the first time I plugged it in, hasn't had a hiccup since. And it was dirt cheap. It's probably just a matter of what brain they put in it.
     
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    I agree that the UR22 should be dedicated. And then for the Akai and the Line6
    run them through the Hub - but power the Akai and Helix (which is powered).
    Although running the Akai into the UR22 is much cleaner than the USB.

    In your situation it sounds to me like the Hub is not distributing enough voltage
    to each port. Generally good power is what you pay for with USB Hubs.
     
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    From a guy that owns macs, PC,s and about everything else, I get a sense of glee when people start talking about mac problems. I have just as many problems with Mac computers (maybe even more nowdays) Than I do with windows machines. Just different kinds of problems.
     
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    Check out "Xcellon powered USB hubs" at B&H Photo. I have one that works great with my Mac.
     
  13. ljholland

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    Hey all - a quick follow up. I returned the Insignia hub and received the Ankar powered hub from Amazon. I have the interface directly connected to one of the MB Pro's USB ports and the Ankar hub connected to the other. Everything is rock solid! Nothing is disconnecting...and no glitches.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  14. Papanate

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    I don't have the same level of frustration with my Mac problems
    versus my PC issues.
     
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    I was gonna say Plugable
    https://plugable.com

    I love the powered usb 2 hub I bought last summer (purchased at Amazon); it is stable on Win 7. If you use wireless (typing) keyboard and mouse, USB 3 can be problematic. Plugable make other great stuff too like multi monitor adaptors.

    Glad you got it sorted.
     
  16. teefus

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    i have problems with usb 3.0 connections on my recent MB pro too. i tether high res cameras for live shooting. i have heard that the usb ports on mac laptops do not have the power of desktops. i have to use a power booster for tethering usb 3.0 cameras.
     

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