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Old 06-18-15, 11:15 PM
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Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

Hey all,

To make a long story short, I have a server that has 15-20 external USB 3.0 travel drives (passively powered) connected to it at any given time. I used to have 3 external, wall powered USB 2.0 hubs to to this and it worked without a hitch. Each hub would allow me to connect up to 6 drives at a time with no issues.

II wanted to clean that up a bit and see if I could find 2 hubs to take care of this.... Or even one.... I recently purchased 2 separate USB 2.0 hubs to reduce the clutter. Each hub, has the potential to have 13 devices connected to it.... But I noticed that after exactly 5 travel drives are plugged into it, the additional ones, when added, will begin to click, or disconnect etc. They aren't reliable after 5 - so I assumed that they other drives weren't receiving the proper amount of power...

Does anyone know of a hub that would work, or even 2 hubs that would share the power properly? If I have to spend more on USB 3.0 hubs (not that I need the data speeds, but for power reasons) I am willing to spend more....

Is there a rule of thumb here, or certain specs I should be searching for? I have a microcenter near me, and they have a lot of choices.... I'll even do amazon. Links would be super helpful of you guys have any recommendations....

Thanks a TON on advance,

Matt!
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

Sure you turned off power saving mode via device management? Like you don't want idle drives to power down.

Seems odd to have that many external drives. An 8TB internal drive can be had for under $300.
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

Ranger....

Thanks for the input... I'll check that setting... Also, I absolutely have to have the separate drives as they are eventually handed out, and a new one replaces that one, etc...
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

I have no experience with it, but Monoprice offers an inexpensive 24-port USB 2.0 Hub with AC Adapter that is mostly well-reviewed, although none of the reviews mention using it for the number of hard drives you have. I had considered it for use as a cell phone charging station, but it apparently can't be used as one unless it is connected to a computer. We ended up going with a 40-port Yubi tower through Amazon instead (which wouldn't fit your needs since it is for charging only).
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

Thanks!

I ended up getting 3 of these:http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...0_Aluminum_Hub

It no slants on the package that "maximum power to support all USB 3.0 ports simultaneously."

I'll give it a shot!
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

The best I could find is this 16-port rackmounted USB 3.0 hub for $399.99:
http://www.coolgear.com/product/16-p...l-mounting-kit

In comparison, 3 of those 10-port hubs for $90 each seems like the better bargain.
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

Thanks for that info...

Just an update - the new USB 3.0 hubs that I linked to above are working FLAWLESSLY! I have 10 drives plugged Into a single hub and am having ZERO issues.

Highly recommended!

Thanks again,

Matt!
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

I'm more curious what you're doing that requires so many drives
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Re: Looking for USB hub that shares a LOT of power to all devices...

Originally Posted by KillerQ View Post
Thanks!

I ended up getting 3 of these:http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...0_Aluminum_Hub

It no slants on the package that "maximum power to support all USB 3.0 ports simultaneously."

I'll give it a shot!
Amazon has the same hub for $30 less.

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