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I am looking into expanding my Macbook Pro's USB ports as I only have one USB port working and I have tried everything from resetting SMC and PRAM, firmware updates, etc.

Using a USB hub from the remaining USB port is not really an option as I use it for my Traktor Pro 2 Soundcard

I have been looking around for a Thunderbolt to USB hub/dock but they are quite expensive.

I was thinking will a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter, Then Firewire to USB work?

If not, are there any other options in expanding the USB ports without using the last remaining USB port?

Thanks

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Looking at the Traktor Pro 2 Specifications page, doesn't have any requirement that the USB port must be bus powered or host only. In fact, they even state there is an optional Power Supply available:

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So, the PS is only required if you can't get the 5V .5A from the bus (host). In this case you have a couple of options

  • Use the Power Supply
  • Use a powered hub

As for going Thunderbolt to Firewire then to USB, I am a proponent of using the "right tool for the job." Can you do it? Yes. But it's a bodge.1

Insead, go directly from TB to USB with a [Thunderbolt to USB adapter][2]

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Finally, you never did say why your USB connector doesn't work nor which one. In my experience, it could be a very inexpensive fix to repair the connector. This is definitely something you should look into.


1 Bodge: Verb. 1. To do a poor job or repair. 2. To cobble (something together). E.g."I bodged together that furniture out of driftwood and old egg boxes." From A Dictionary of UK slang.

  • There is no practical need to use a cropped screen shot for the power supply info and waste bandwidth when plain text is all that's needed! – user3439894 Nov 19 '16 at 12:55
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In your question what did you mean by: Using a USB hub from the remaining USB port is not really an option as I use it for my Traktor Pro 2 Soundcard.

I can't think of any reason why using a USB hub would be a problem? If it's a concern about power requirements then there are many powered USB hubs available.

As for a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter and then a FireWire to USB adapter, this should work.

However, if it was me I'd go with a powered USB hub.

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