I reverted much of my office back to hardwire a couple of years ago but I would like to do the same for my laptop while at my desk.
I have an early 2015 MPBr. I have (2) USB 2 ports and (2) Thunderbolt ports. One TB port is used for the monitor. My Apple keyboard died over the summer and I’ve been using an old Macally I’ll be replacing at some point. I have a Magic Mouse that’s been acting up lately too.
I have a Dell monitor with “five downstream and one upstream ports” (USB). When I first bought it 2 years ago, I’d planning on leaving my charging cables plugged in but it charged so slowly (and may have disconnected when it went to sleep) so I gave up on that. The ports are not easy to get to so whatever I can manage to use them for should be permanent. I wonder if a small hub can work in one of those, and I could use the USB sticks from that. <side note: I bought a small one like that for my iMac for easy accessibility, but I’m thinking the iMac USB ports are more like a computer USB port than a monitor USB in strength, please correct me if I’m wrong!>
I am planning on trying to use one of the monitor ports for the keyboard if I find where I stashed my USB extension cable . If that works, I’m guessing a mouse will too, and can make sure I get a new keyboard with a USB port for the mouse. Those used to be nice with short cables!
I will be needing:
Ethernet adapter - Apple has a TB one, Anker has USB 3, would either be better?
I have eternal drives and USB sticks that need to be used.
I’m thinking I need some sort of hub that can take advantage of TB and/or USB without breaking the bank. Would love some comments on these especially. Anker has a 3 port USB hub with gigabit ethernet, I just don’t know if something that small will power an external hard drive well.
Also, I have an Okidata laser that is hardwired, but is AirPrint compatible. I thought I had all my computers set to print through the network, but a couple of weeks ago I kicked the power strip and knocked the whole network down. I had to reinstall the printer on my laptop and now preferences say I’m printing via AirPrint which I don’t remember before. It was also the first time a power outage caused me to reinstall a driver. My hardwired iMac still prints fine so I know the ethernet port is still working on the printer.