My Mountain Lion USB Hub Woes

Ever since upgrading my MacBook Air to OS X Mountain Lion I have had issues with my Belkin USB hub. It seems that after running on battery power for a bit, if I plug my USB hub in, it’s not detected and doesn’t work. The only way to get it working again is to restart my computer. One could argue that this is nothing more than an inconvenience, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck.

After doing some digging, I found an Apple Discusion Forum thread which alerted me to the fact that I am not alone with this issue. The summary seems to be that the chip used in this hub is not (yet) compatible with Mountain Lion.

This puts me in an interesting position. I am annoyed as all get out by this issue, but I am hoping that Apple is about to release a new Thunderbolt display with USB 3.0 built right in. Unfortunately that won’t completely solve my problem because the current Thunderbolt Displays only have three ports, and I am using all seven on my current hub1. So at some point I will need an additional hub anyway. It’s possible that my current hub will work better if hooked up through another device, but it’s impossible for me to know that ahead of time.

There are no USB 3.0 hubs for sale from any reputable companies, and they mostly seem to be 4-port only. And I also have no way of knowing which ones work with Mountain Lion. Which is also the problem I have with a new USB 2.0 hub. So I am limited in my options.

What makes most sense logically is waiting a couple more months to see if Apple releases a new Thunderbolt display with USB 3. Then try my existing hub and see if everything just works out. But my patience is going to wear thin if I have to be rebooting all the time for very long.

What would you do?

  1. You could make a case that I don’t need all the devices plugged in all the time, but it seems silly to be constantly plugging/unplugging devices. []