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Offline Elantric

Survey of USB Hubs
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:01:52 AM »
The goal of this thread is to develop a list of USB Hubs that our members use, and work well your needs , this could be any computer platform, any Operating system, which supports  any Audio /MIDI device - although for iPad Owners these will typically be USB Class compliant types.
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=10323.msg75127#msg75127


Please add a few comments and details with your Recommended (or Not Recommend) USB Hub.
Since there are so many variables to obtain successful operation for modern guitarists and today's guitar applications please post your response in the format below:


Brand & Model:  (insert name of USB Hub here)

Status: (RECOMMENDED, or NOT RECOMMENDED)

Computer Type & OS : (Dell, HP, Apple, Sony, Asus, IPad, iPhone, Ipod Touch, etc.) ( IOS7.x.x, Win8.1, OSX, 10.9.x, etc)

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: (USB 1.0, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Apple USB Camera Connection, third party dock adapter , etc)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: (NONE if passive non powered used) generic 2.5Amp USB Supply, Battery, etc

Connected Devices: (Audio Interface, MIDI Interface, Fishman Tripleplay, KMI Softstep etc.

Comment: (insert your experience and thoughts here)




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References:
http://gigaom.com/2010/08/11/secrets-of-the-camera-connection-kit/


These are typical Errors



« Last Edit: April 28, 2015, 12:22:08 PM by admsustainiac »

Offline datsunrobbie

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2014, 10:43:45 AM »
Brand & Model: GE USB 2.0 rotating hub (4 port) 97847 Rev1

Status: RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & O/S: ASUS T100TA-C1-GR,  Windows 8.1

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Micro USB (USB 2.0) via Samsung EPL-AU10WEGXAR micro USB/USB Connector

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: (NONE)

Connected Devices: GR-55

Comments: working with Gumtown's GR-55 Floorboard. This is a fairly small 4-port hub that I picked up on clearance at Target for $1. It can be externally powered, but I have used it to run Floorboard without external power and had no issues. Seems to be out of production, but I have seen them as recently as last month in the local Ocean State Job Lot closeout store.

I tried connecting the GR-55 to the USB 3.0 port on the ASUS T100 keyboard, and as expected it did NOT recognize the GR-55 when connected.

URL Link :

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/delete-ge-usb-hub-2-0-4-port-w-rotating-cubes-pink/173378.ip
« Last Edit: January 13, 2014, 01:16:57 PM by datsunrobbie »

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2014, 12:38:34 PM »

http://www.amazon.com/USB-Highspeed-Port-Adapter-Silver/dp/B002FFZGCU/ref=sr_1_24?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1389627962&sr=1-24&keywords=USB+Powered+hubs

Brand & Model: SanoyXY 7 port powered USB .20 Hub

Status: NOT RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Apple Lighting Camera Adapter (USB 2.0)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: generic 2.5Amp USB Supply,

Connected Devices: FocususRite Scarlett 2i4, Fishman Tripleplay

Comments: This hub used to work great with my old 30 pin iPad 2 with IOS 5-6, but now with IOS7, it does not work  - all I get are the typical Apple IOS :Warning pop message  messages that the connected "USB device uses too much power", and if I click OK - nothing happens, and the iPad must be rebooted before any other attempt at a USB connection can be established. 
« Last Edit: January 13, 2014, 01:10:50 PM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2014, 12:44:19 PM »
eForCity 7-Port USB Hub with Switches

http://www.amazon.com/eForCity-7-Port-USB-Switch-Black/dp/B007S642BW/ref=pd_sim_e_1

 recommended for IOS devices for audio / MIDI devices  - not  recommended for MacBooks running OSX or use with Hard drives!



make /Model eForCity 7-Port Powered USB

Status: RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Apple Lighting Camera Adapter (USB 2.0)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: generic 2.5Amp USB Supply,

The DC Power adapter cable uses a small coax DC connector and Center of the Coax tip is +5VDC Positive, and outer sleeve is Ground

Limeade L180X - 18000mAh External Lithium Battery Pack 
http://www.amazon.com/External-Battery-Pack-Limeade-L180X/dp/B00C78YJQY/ref=pd_bxgy_cps_text_y

Connected Devices: FocususRite Scarlett 2i4, Fishman Tripleplay

Comments:  Works great  - Read more details here:
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=10323.0
 This one might be my top favorite (at this hour) Powered USB Hub for iPad on IOS7,  it was a joy to have three Korg Nano Kontrollers, FTP, and Scarlett 2i4 all running at the same time on my iPad Air. The individual on/off switches for each port saves wear and tear on the USB Jacks, and helps big time while debugging IOS USB problems.

  DC Coax plug to USB adapter cable to Power the eForcity 7 Port USB Hub
http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-Male-to-3-5mm-Barrel-Connector-Jack-5V-DC-Power-Cable-15-inch-Black-US-/360658147811



7 port high speed USB 2.0 HUB
Data transfer rate: 1.5Mbps/12Mbps/up to 480Mbps

Bus-power limit current protection: 500mA
Interface: USB 2.0 Compatible with USB 1.1

Brand & Model:  eForCity 7-Port USB Hub with ON / OFF Switches

I like this USb Hub so much I ordered a spare in white (which I prefer on darkly lit stages) $6.28

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GQO23G8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Note from tomtheguitarguy  - Avoid the 4 port version of this Hub

http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=10323.msg74428#msg74428
Quote
I've got one of these hubs (the 4 hub version) and for some reason, it's not working with the FTP.  I plug the hub into the CCK or Lightning USB and it lights up, but the lights just continue to blink on the FTP and they don't pair.  Doesn't matter if I'm using the AC adapter or not...
« Last Edit: December 14, 2014, 11:45:33 AM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014, 01:16:08 PM »

http://www.dhgate.com/store/product/10pcs-usb2-0-card-reader-usb-hub-hy-619-e00131/162667419.html

Brand & Model:  USB2.0 Card Reader USB HUB HY-619 E00131-10

Status: RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Apple Lighting Camera Adapter (USB 2.0)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: generic 2.5Amp USB Supply, Limeade L180X - 18000mAh External Lithium Battery Pack 
http://www.amazon.com/External-Battery-Pack-Limeade-L180X/dp/B00C78YJQY/ref=pd_bxgy_cps_text_y

Connected Devices: FocususRite Scarlett 2i4, Fishman Tripleplay

Comments:  Works great  - Read more details here:
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=10323.0

http://www.dhgate.com/store/product/10pcs-usb2-0-card-reader-usb-hub-hy-619-e00131/162667419.html

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2014, 01:20:32 PM »


http://m.dckina.com/mobile.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1555

Brand & Model:  5-in-1 Lightning Card Reader & USB Hub for iPad Air / iPad Mini

Status: NOT RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Direct connection to iPad Air Lightning port

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: generic 2.5Amp USB Supply, Limeade L180X - 18000mAh External Lithium Battery Pack 
http://www.amazon.com/External-Battery-Pack-Limeade-L180X/dp/B00C78YJQY/ref=pd_bxgy_cps_text_y

Connected Devices: FocususRite Scarlett 2i4, Fishman Tripleplay

Comments: It actually worked - but eventually every  3 -5 minutes I would experience temporary USB data connection loss  - and random audio drop outs which took 5 seconds for the audio to make a new USB data connection again  - so its not recommended. Since this USB Hub Includes a non qualified Lightning port I suspect the culprit is the Apple mFI qualified External Hardware check routine in latest IOS 7. but this is only a  theory. The latest Apple mFI spec requires the third party vendors to use apple supplied mFI verification ICs in their hardware designs - and this Lightning 4 port HUB does not have one.

https://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/


Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014, 02:26:59 PM »

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AESNUI/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Brand & Model:  Belkin F5U404PBLK USB 2.0 4-PORT Mobile Hub

Status:  RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4, Lenovo W520 Win7 64, iMac 27" OSX10.8.5

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Apple Lighting Camera Adapter (USB 2.0), USB 2.0 ports)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: Supplied 2.0Amp supply

Connected Devices: Fishman Tripleplay, Scarlet 18i6

Comments: Works well!

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014, 06:13:05 PM »
 Pluggable 4 port powered hub $20
  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005P2BY5I/ref=oh_details_o09_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Brand & Model:  Pluggable 4 port powered hub

Status:  RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4, Lenovo W520 Win7 64, iMac 27" OSX10.8.5

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Apple Lighting Camera Adapter (USB 2.0), USB 2.0 ports)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: Supplied 2.5 Amp supply

Connected Devices: Fishman Tripleplay, Scarlet 2i4
Comments: Works well!

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 06:13:45 PM »
This is a Powered USB 2.0 "Sharing Hub" with 7 ports.

VAKOSS USB 2.0 HUB P/N# TC-271-AA 7 Port High Speed Hub

These are getting rare and no longer in production - but there are a few left on Ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USED-VAKOSS-USB-2-0-HUB-TC-271-AA-7-Port-High-Speed-Hub-USED-Great-Item-/190854801897?_trksid=p2054897.l4276






It is mentioned here:
http://www.simonclivehughes.com/Simon_C._Hughes_Photography/Simon_Sez/Entries/2013/4/16_Makin_Music_in_2013.html

And seems perfect for those sharing mulitple USB Class compliant Devices between iPad and a PC/Mac

« Last Edit: February 13, 2014, 07:10:34 PM by Elantric »

Offline cooltouch

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2014, 05:37:27 PM »
Okay this is a cheapo 7-port hub I bought at MicroCenter last week. Cost me $15. There is no brand name on the hub, and I don't recall the brand name on the packaging, which is long-gone by now. Chances are it can be found under a variety of brand names anyway. I've tried it out with my Alesis iO2 only so far and it works just fine syncing the iO2 up with the iPad.

Here is a no-flash pic of the hub plugged into my iPad Air. Say, isn't Amplitube supposed to rotate? Mine won't. As you can see, the hub's blue LED is really bright. This doesn't have all the separate on-off switches like Elantric's, and in fact, two of the seven ports are stacked up at the top of the hub.



I used my camera's flash for this shot:



And here's a shot of the backside of the hub, showing the only text on the entire device.

Best,
Michael

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2014, 05:51:40 PM »
Quote
Here is a no-flash pic of the hub plugged into my iPad Air. Say, isn't Amplitube supposed to rotate? Mine won't.

Thats because you installed the iPhone version of Amplitube on your iPad Air - see the small round (1X) view toggle on the lower right corner of the screen 



The iPad version is here: (sold separately)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amplitube-for-ipad/id373750924?mt=8


But I do not recommend IK Multimedia IOS Amplitube for users of External USB Class Compliant Audio Interfaces - Amplitube does not work for me with any of my USB Audio interfaces when used with powered Hub and Apple CCK.


Use Positive Grid Bias instead.
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9903.0
« Last Edit: February 18, 2014, 06:01:48 PM by Elantric »

Offline cooltouch

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2014, 10:41:45 PM »
Actually, I didn't install that copy of amplitube. The iCloud transferred over all my ikm stuff. It's all the free ikm stuff, anyway. I got a special activated copy of amplitube and sample tank with my 2014 upgrade of Band in a Box, so I don't need to be Paying for an iPad copy. Besides the iPod version that's there now doesn't sound half bad. I've owned amps that sounded much worse.

I suppose one good thing about using the iPod/iPhone version is it does work with an audio interface, powered USB hub, apple cck, and iPad, no problem.

That grid one in the link sounds like an awesome emulator. Looks pretty interesting with all the controls and settings too.

« Last Edit: February 18, 2014, 10:50:20 PM by cooltouch »
Best,
Michael

Offline BackDAWman

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2014, 09:24:59 PM »
http://www.amazon.com/eForCity-7-Port-USB-Switch-Black/dp/B007S642BW/ref=pd_sim_e_1
(Image removed from quote.)

make /Model eForCity 7-Port Powered USB

Status: RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Apple iPad Air 128GB +4G (ATT)  Apple IOS 7.0.4

Computer USB Port type Method/Speed: Apple Lighting Camera Adapter (USB 2.0)

Powered Hub Power Supply Types used: generic 2.5Amp USB Supply, Limeade L180X - 18000mAh External Lithium Battery Pack 
http://www.amazon.com/External-Battery-Pack-Limeade-L180X/dp/B00C78YJQY/ref=pd_bxgy_cps_text_y

Connected Devices: FocususRite Scarlett 2i4, Fishman Tripleplay

Comments:  Works great  - Read more details here:
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=10323.0
 This one might be my top favorite (at this hour) Powered USB Hub for iPad on IOS7,  it was a joy to have three Korg Nano Kontrollers, FTP, and Scarlett 2i4 all running at the same time on my iPad Air. The individual on/off switches for each port saves wear and tear on the USB Jacks, and helps big time while debugging IOS USB problems.

7 port high speed USB 2.0 HUB
Data transfer rate: 1.5Mbps/12Mbps/up to 480Mbps
System requirement: Windows: XP, ME, 2000, 98SE, 98, Vista, 7 Macintosh: Mac OS x 10.2 Linus 2.4 later version
Bus-power limit current protection: 500mA
Interface: USB 2.0 Compatible with USB 1.1

Brand & Model:  eForCity 7-Port USB Hub with ON / OFF Switches

I like this USb Hub so much I ordered a spare in white (which I prefer on darkly lit stages) $6.28
(Image removed from quote.)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GQO23G8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Note from tomtheguitarguy  - Avoid the 4 port version of this Hub
(Image removed from quote.)
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=10323.msg74428#msg74428

Does anyone know the polarity of the power supply needed for this hub. I'm guessing it would 5V but not sure of the polarity.

Offline BackDAWman

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2014, 08:41:18 PM »
Thanks for that Steve! I actually found a USB to DC power connector lead and plugged it into a USB charger type wall wart. I lucked out on the polarity and it worked! It saves the drain on the iPad's power. :D

Offline Terry50

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2014, 12:31:50 AM »
Hi
I bought three eForCity 7-Port USB Hus with the on/off switches.
And I got three DC Coax plug to USB adapter cables to Power the eForcity 7 Port USB Hubs.
I plug them direct into my Mac Pro.  The blue on/off lights turn on but that's the extent of them working.  I can't get my mouse or external HD to work in them.   Do you know what the problem is??    :o
Thank you.
Terry   
« Last Edit: December 14, 2014, 11:29:47 AM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2014, 11:37:42 AM »
Quote
Hi
I bought three eForCity 7-Port USB Hus with the on/off switches.
And I got three DC Coax plug to USB adapter cables to Power the eForcity 7 Port USB Hubs.
I plug them direct into my Mac Pro.  The blue on/off lights turn on but that's the extent of them working.  I can't get my mouse or external HD to work in them.   Do you know what the problem is??    :o
Thank you.
Terry   

Because the EforCity Powered USB Hubs are USB 2.0 and only recommended for IOS devices for audio / MIDI devices  - not  recommended for MacBooks running OSX or use with Hard drives!

You need a Powered USB 3.0 Hub - I have good results with Pluggable and Ankar USB 3.0 Hubs

http://www.amazon.com/Anker%C2%AE-Charging-Adapter-VL812-B2-Chipset/dp/B005NGQWL2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1418578798&sr=8-2&keywords=usb+3+hub+anker
AnkerĀ® USB Hub with 9 USB 3.0 Data Ports + 1 Smart Charging Port (5V / 2.1A)with 12V 5A Power Adapter [VIA VL812-B2 Chipset]



Plugable USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub with Two Flip-Up Ports and 48W Power Adapter (VIA VL812 Rev B2 Chipset with v9081/9084 firmware. Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux support. Full USB 2.0 backwards compatibility)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JEPIOOQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
« Last Edit: December 14, 2014, 11:49:56 AM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of USB Hubs
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2015, 05:43:30 AM »
This USB Hub works well with iPhone/iPad and includes the 5VDC to USB adapter cable - I use a separate external 5VDC Battery pack to power this and all my USB Audio  / MIDI Peripherals connected to iPad ( FTP, Arturia Beastep, Focusrite 2i4) 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PFEMTGY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


The only 7-port bus-powered USB hub on the market with a 3.3 ft long USB cable, so you can place your hub wherever you want;
The only hub on the market that is both bus-powered and self-powered. Comes with a DC 5V power cable so you don't have to worry about unstable connections and your hub not having enough power. A perfect combination of convenience and performance;
Fast data transfer speeds, with a USB 2.0 transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps (much faster than USB 1.0,the actual rate will depend on the capability of your device)
Widely compatible and super safe Compatible with USB 1.1 and 1.0, with no drivers required for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac OS X 10.2 and above.
EasyAcc also provides a 12-month warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Offline admsustainiac

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