You may have gotten your hands on the USB C hub but may not know the right ways to make the best use of it. These couple of helpful tips you enable you to set it up and use it in your MacBook Pro companion hub effectively and efficiently.
Starting with the fit, you will have to make sure it is right and snug. For this you are advised to connect the hub without the laptop shell case on. This is due to the fact that the bottom case when attached may forbid a proper connection to your device. Ideally, when the adapter is inserted properly it will show a small light on its side. It is important for you to know that all usb c hub with ethernet and hdmi are created the same.
- Ideally, the first USB-C port that is nearest the HDMI must support the pass through charging. Apart from that, it must also support a video output up to 5K.
- On the other hand, the second USB-C port that is added should preferably and primarily work for the desired data transfer purposes. It should ideally not pass-through charging as well as the video output.
However, it must have the ability to power up the smaller USB devices such as your iPhone.
Connecting the HDMI displays
When you connect the external monitor through a HDMI port, it is recommended that you use a direct HDMI to HDMI connection. This will ensure the best display and performance of your mobile device.
- You must not worry if the monitor flickers for a few seconds when you change a video signal source. Ideally the normal operation will resume within five seconds.
- However, you will be able to connect one external display through HDMI port but when you sue the first USB-C port you can connect two displays simultaneously.
- When you use USB devices and external hard drives along with a gradual shift to the universal USB-C ports, you will experience that the Apple laptops have eliminated the standard USB-A ports from its newer MacBook and MacBook Pro models. However, you need not worry about this because the hub adapter will allow you to connect the standard USB 3.0 device. It will also be compatible with the USB 2.0 devices.
To ensure a stable connection, however you are advised to connect only one external USB hard drive at a time to ensure that you do not damage your device as well.
Some troubleshooting tips
Just like any other electronic device you may encounter a few problems while using the USB C hub but that does not mean this device is not useful at all.
If you experience any Ethernet, HDMI display, or USB connectivity issues you can resolve these by simply following the steps to perform a SMC or System Management Controller reset. All you have to do is shut down the computer completely, attach the USB-C power adapter to the power source, press the left-side shift, control, and option key and the power button, release all keyboard keys and turn your computer back on.