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Belkin USB 2.0& Firewire 6-Port Hub For Mac Mini
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2. Although having the hub in a form factor complementary to the Mac mini is an attractive feature (and probably the major reason for purchasing it), placing it under the Mac mini limits access to the ports you are adding because you will have to fight the cables in the back of the mini to plug anything in. Apple does not advise putting anything on top of the mini because of interference issues with Bluetooth and Airport, so below the mini it must go. I am thinking I may be able to rotate it 90 degrees to get better access to the ports, but then the cable tangle will spread.
Really nice design, but the reality is that you'd probably be better off focusing on ease of access than a nice-looking hub. If you need a hard drive too, the better option is something like the NewerTech miniStack that adds powered USB and Firewire ports as well as a larger external hard drive.
Incidentally, complaints about power limitations on this hub are misplaced. The hub draws power from the Firewire port if its connected, which has much more power than a USB port.
The only down side is that it only has two firewire ports.
I have a pair of speakers, a wireless keyboard, a digital camera, and a USB pen drive plugged into the hub now for over a month without any problems. I also have a firewire iPod plugged in. I have had no power issues. My guess is that the combination of power from the firewire and USB cords that plug into your Mac Mini work together to send power where its needed. I tested the hub with a "Kill-A-Watt" meter and found that it only raised the power consumption of the Mac Mini by about 3 watts while in standby mode.
The one annoyance I will report is going to be with the USB standard in general. It appears that some USB devices have a "slightly" shorther plug than others. This difference is in millimeters, but it was an issue with my "Lexar USB pen drive." The pen drive will not plug into this hub and power on every time. This is because the Belkin hub has a very thin skin of plastic between the USB ports and the device plug. I've read other reviews with other hubs where this is an issue. You should take a couple of your USB device cables and hold them next to each other to see an length difference. If you find any plugs that are slightly smaller then the rest, it may not work with this hub. This issue is annoying, but easily fixed. I just plugged the pen drive into an USB extension cable, and then plugged the cable into the hub. I don't fault Belkin on this issue. I fault Lexar for not making the plug long enough.Read more ›
In addition, be careful when plugging it into the computer. When I plugged in the USB cable (from computer to hub), it shorted out my monitor (which was quickly fixed by restarting the computer). I'd suggest turning off the computer before connecting.
I also agree that it would be nice to have more of the ports located on the front or sides because sitting under the Mini means that you have to dig through cables going into that to access the ports.
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I've had two f these. One burned out after about 10 years, the other is still going strong.Published 22 months ago by JB
I could never get this device to work properly. It was erratic. It ended up in the trash can. I do tech support, so if it worked, a person like me should have been able to make it... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Thomas Sparks
I use Mac and needed additional Firewire connections for video editing as well as a way to convert Firewire 400 into Firewire 800 which is now what my new iMac uses. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Jay S
I like the slim, compact Mac Mini look, which makes it ideal to pair with a Mac Mini. I wish there was 1 more firewire port on the product, but overall, very happy with what I was... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Travis F Smith
Did not work with my Mac Mini when I used this hub to hook it up with an external firewire 800 drive and firewire 400 printer and scanner. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Peter Abbott
It is sold as a hub for the Mac Mini. Apparently it works for all Mac Minis - except mine, the latest. It did not say that in the advertising. Dealing with Belkins was unpleasant. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by briahnkelly brennan