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  1. #16
    Need a Thunderbolt 3 Hub w/ Multiple Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.1 Ports
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    I must have missed something in this thread
    In your initial post you stated that the hub you linked to would be PERFECT if it just had a TB 2 port
    Quote Originally Posted by jsdigital View Post
    Hi! I need a USB C hub with at least (3) USB 3.1 ports and at least (1) Thunderbolt 2 port for external drive and peripherals that do not have pass-throughs. I've been unable to find this so far. Does anyone know of something for this?

    Something like this would be PERFECT if only it had a Thunderbolt 2 port in addition. Robot Check
    That hub has 4 USB 3.1 ports, so I assume 4 USB 3.1 ports plus a TB2 port would meet your needs.
    I'm not sure where the two TB3 outputs came from.

    But hubs with a TB2 port out and three or more USB 3.1 ports out are definitely available like this one for instance

    https://www.cablematters.com/pc-887-...delivery.aspx#

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    Need a Thunderbolt 3 Hub w/ Multiple Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.1 Ports
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    What about swapping the drives for USB3 interfaces? There are a lot of TB3 docks with multiple USB3 ports.
    Jake

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    You're right, I should have said "it would be PERFECT if it just had 2 TB ports. I'm trying to add a Samsung X5 TB3 SSD to the mix here. My current peripheral configs are:

    1 TB2 Universal Audio Apollo Audio Interface (connected directly to iMac TB3 Port 1 w/ a TB2>3 adapter)
    2 TB2 Daisy-chained RAID arrays (the first in the chain is connected directly to iMac TB3 Port 2 w/ a TB2>3 adapter)
    3 USB 3.1 Samsung T5 SSD's

    This means I cannot take advantage of TB3 speeds with a Samsung X5 TB3 SSD because there are no available TB3 ports. If I added it to the open port at the end of my RAID array, I wouldn't be getting TB3 speeds, because those drives are TB2. I also cannot add the audio interface to the end of the RAID daisy-chain because I need the RAID's powered down any time the audio interface is in use.

    Everyone sufficiently confused yet? Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    What about swapping the drives for USB3 interfaces? There are a lot of TB3 docks with multiple USB3 ports.
    Is there are TB2 > USB 3.1 Type A adapter? Or are you recommending I completely swap out the RAID array for USB 3.1 Type A drives? If the latter, that would be cost-prohibitive.

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    Need a Thunderbolt 3 Hub w/ Multiple Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.1 Ports
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsdigital View Post
    You're right, I should have said "it would be PERFECT if it just had 2 TB ports. I'm trying to add a Samsung X5 TB3 SSD to the mix here. My current peripheral configs are:

    1 TB2 Universal Audio Apollo Audio Interface (connected directly to iMac TB3 Port 1 w/ a TB2>3 adapter)
    2 TB2 Daisy-chained RAID arrays (the first in the chain is connected directly to iMac TB3 Port 2 w/ a TB2>3 adapter)
    3 USB 3.1 Samsung T5 SSD's

    This means I cannot take advantage of TB3 speeds with a Samsung X5 TB3 SSD because there are no available TB3 ports. If I added it to the open port at the end of my RAID array, I wouldn't be getting TB3 speeds, because those drives are TB2. I also cannot add the audio interface to the end of the RAID daisy-chain because I need the RAID's powered down any time the audio interface is in use.

    Everyone sufficiently confused yet? Haha.
    Thanks, that clarifies things quite a bit for me.

    So the obvious solution, ha, ha - thinking outside the box......

    Trade you iMac in for a Mac that comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, iMac Pro or MacBook Pro.
    In the end that may not be much more than buying these hubs (that don't seem to exist) and could also be less of a cable mess.

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    Oh, lordy, you should see my cable management in this studio; it's a nightmare. I mean... behind the curtain it's a nightmare.

    Well, trading in the new iMac is out of the question for now. I guess I'll have to wait for an external TB3 hub (assuming one ever gets made!) For now, I just ordered another 2TB USB 3.1 SSD and I'll use that for projects I'm currently in post on. Actually, I just BlackMagic'd my TB2 RAID array, and it's doing Read/Writes of only around 220 MB/s. Which will be doubled by swapping the SSD into the workflow. Hopefully I can minimize my reliance on those bigger external TB2 drives. Plus, I've had them for about 5 years now, and I'm worried about how many more years they have on this earth...

    I wonder what sort of transfer speeds I'll get with the new Samsung T5 when connected via Type A 3.0 vs. Type C. It's weird AF to me that these new iMac's USB-A ports are all 3.0 and not 3.1...

  7. #22
    Need a Thunderbolt 3 Hub w/ Multiple Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.1 Ports
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    It's weird AF to me that these new iMac's USB-A ports are all 3.0 and not 3.1...
    Why? Your 2 Thunderbird 3 ports are already USB 3.1. Apple provided the remainder ports as 3.0 for compatibility purposes.

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    Need a Thunderbolt 3 Hub w/ Multiple Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.1 Ports
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    have you seen this hub, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PVKHZLJ...language=en_US, and it looks like you can get 2, one for each port?
    -- Bob --
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