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If you look around for USB-C hubs, you will usually only find ones with a maximum of two C ports, several A ports and interfaces for SD cards, HDMI, etc. What I would need, for example, would be a USB-C Hub with ten USB-C ports so that I can connect all sorts of things to the Apple MacBook Pro with the cable provided for this purpose. But such multi-port hubs simply do not exist. I tried to research why this is so. In this post you will find the knowledge gained. Do you still have information on the topic? Then leave a comment;)
Dongles, hubs and adapters have played a big role here in the blog since the first MacBook models with Thunderbolt 3 (TB3). Because monitors, mouse and keyboard, external hard drives, external graphics cards, Ethernet, various end devices and more can be connected to the all-rounder connection - but only if the connection is correct.
Since, over time, however, many devices and their cables switch to USB-C and one would perhaps like to connect the many dongles that have accumulated to a hub, a "multiple socket" for USB-C or TB3 is needed. Alone, it doesn't exist. Maybe at most this Sitecom model with mixed reviews or the expensive Elgato solution.
As already mentioned at the beginning, I did a little research on the question - and those of you who are more familiar with it are welcome to write a comment. According to this thread In the Super User Forum there are no USB-C hubs with five, ten or more C ports because the chips required for this are missing. The technology for the junction boxes is therefore not yet available.
Intel - the driving force behind USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 - simply does not yet offer a solution for a technology that could break down the use of the USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 advantages on dozens of the same connections. It seems that the technical requirements for HDMI, VGA, network cables, SD cards, printers, scanners, cameras, hard drives and the like can only be met if hubs offer the ports that are specifically designed for them.
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The forum thread linked above states that a podcast mentioned that the chips required for this should come onto the market in 2020. It is now mid-August 2020 and I have not yet found any news that describes the Intel chip and the junction boxes possible with it for the all-rounder connection.
Something similar is also in one other forum complained. There I also came across the mention of the Elgato hub linked above, which has two Thunderbolt 3 and two USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2) and also a display port, headphone connection, Ethernet port, SD card reader , Headset connection and two USB-A supplies. This may remain one of the few solutions to the problem presented until 2021 or longer.
Do you primarily want to connect hard drives, rechargeable batteries, the iPhone or iPad and similar things to the Mac or PC at the same time via USB-C? Then there is a logical, if not very practical workaround: For example, you can use a USB-A hub like the Orico A3H13P2 (here is my test report) via adapter (USB-C to USB-A) to the computer and then connect the USB-C devices with USB-A to USB-C adapter.
However, it must be ensured that the adapters also support data and power transmission to the desired extent. One could recommend, for example. this Nimaso adapter. All in all, however, a small-scale adapter spectacle with too many extras ... So only to be carried out if you really need ten or more connections at any time and can cope with downgrading everything from USB-C to USB-A. Do you have a better solution? Then let me know;)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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