dockingstation -> USB question...
I'm busy with a dock for my Mac Mini 2.0Ghz. The Mac will not permanently settle in the car but is has to be removed overnight.
The Mac got 4 USB inputs and that's my question about:
I'm in doubt in using all 4 inputs or just 1 input and connect all my (7) devices through a self-powered USB hub; the latter gives less cables and less trouble with the dock itself (multiple in/out shoving of the Mac, connector not straight in line after some time etc etc.).
I know a selfpowered Hub can handle multiple host powered devices but I'm not sure how much mA the touchscreen will suck, the external soundcard, the external microphone etc.
Here is my devices list, all are host-powered:
1. GPS mouse
3. Display (touchscreen)
4. Soundcard (Hercules Muse XL pocketLT 3)
5. Silabs Radio stick (yet in doubt, probably use Internet Radio instead)
6. Usb hub (2nd, non-powered... for connecting cardreader, memstick)
7. Andrea USB-SA Mic (for cellular phone)
Personally I want to go for the 1 USB input with a selfpowered Hub because of the more reliability when moving the Mac in and out every day, but if this will certainly give problems with the above devices requiring too many current from the Hub I will reconsider.
Please your advise.