Solved can one connect/use more than one USB hub...?

April 22, 2014 at 14:55:42
Specs: Mac OSX Mavericks, ???
This applies relates at this time a Mac Mini (Mavericks OS installed); but could apply equally to any windows installation...

Can one connect and use more than one USB hub to a given system?

I have a D-link self powered 7 port hub connected to a Mac Mini - and it works fine. But I would like a few more ports and am not sure if one can add a second (self-powered or not) hub along side the present (self-powered) hub; or even daisy chain the second to the first?

Reviews of available 9, 10 and 12 port (self-powered) hubs are OK in terms of operation; although some seem to have issues with power connectors (they tend to slip out...). The D-link I have suffers none of the connector issues... which is one reason I'm considering a second one- either in one of the ports on the Mac Mini, or daisy chained to the first.

Current D-link is USB-2.0; and while USB-3.0 would be nice, I could live with USB-2.0.

Any thoughts or suggestions, recommendations etc. much appreciated.

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April 22, 2014 at 15:12:00
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Yes, you can connect more than one hub. Most computers have two or more USB hubs built in. All you are doing is daisy chaining external hubs to the internal ones.

I wouldn't daisy chain external hubs though, that might be pushing things a bit to far.

Theoretically you can have up 124 USB devices connected to a single root hub. However, in reality you are likely to run out of other resources long before you reach that number.


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April 22, 2014 at 15:29:29
Hi Stuart - and thank you not the least for the explanation/advice re' daisy-chaining etc...

Will source a USB-3.0 seven port hub - and likely not need more than that (I hope).



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