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Old 09-09-2021, 08:04 AM
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Default USB 3.0 hub recommendations for Mac - 2021

I've noticed a few usb related glitches, which seem to be from my powered USB hub. It's pushing 6-7 years old, so probably time to upgrade.

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I recently updated from an older version of PT, and added some more Softube plugins, but the system was stable for at least a month after those changes. Right now I am getting random ilok auth errors, audio drop outs, UPDD errors for my raven touchscreen and in some cases - the usb hub will just suddenly be turned off. So more than likely a failing power supply for the usb hub or the hub itself is just showing its age. One thing I despise about this hub is the power switch is a momentary button. So, every time it is unplugged, a momentary button needs to be pressed to turn it on. Very annoying because it's behind my desk.

Anyways, looking for a solid powered USB 3.0 hub, 10 ports or more, with no power switch at all, or a rocker switch that I can just leave on, so when I shut down my UPS, I don't need to reset it. Some of these new ones have "smart charging ports"... Like any new technology, I'm skeptical that it might cause other issues.

Any recommendations? Haven't shopped for these for a long time, I know when I bought this one, I went through 2 or 3 different brands before I got one that was reliable.
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Old 09-09-2021, 08:45 AM
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I recently picked up this one https://www.newegg.com/p/0J2-06Z5-00...9SIAV17E9Z0106 Works well for me.
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:15 AM
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I recently picked up this one https://www.newegg.com/p/0J2-06Z5-00...9SIAV17E9Z0106 Works well for me.
Are the switches mechanically latching pushbuttons? If not, do they retain their last setting if the hub is disconnected from power?
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Old 09-09-2021, 01:52 PM
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Well I was hoping I could wait to order one, but ended up going to micro center today, the problem was happening every 10 minutes and just too annoying to deal with any longer.

I bought this:

https://www.microcenter.com/product/...-power-adapter

At $60, its the most expensive usb hub I have ever bought. but, it has a rocker switch for power, seems solid and well built. So far, I haven't seen the UPDD connect/disconnect messages on my raven... which was the most common symptom. So fingers crossed, I'll post back my findings once I've put it through its paces.
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Are the switches mechanically latching pushbuttons? If not, do they retain their last setting if the hub is disconnected from power?
Yes, they latch. It's set and forget.
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IMHO non-rackmountable USB hubs are a total PITA.

Sedna do a 13 port hub for not a lot of money.
I have 3 of them in different parts of the studio, extended by active cables.
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This one is also $60 and works great:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._port_hub.html
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