1. anon(631531)'s Avatar
    I have a late-2013 MBP, 15", with two thunderbolt 2 ports.I bought an adapter to plug in an ethernet cable into one of the ports, but can't find an adapter to use the other port with my data hub. I guess that I need a male thunderbolt 2 to a female usb cable. Can't find one on Amazon. Anyone know of a good source for electronics? Thanks.
    01-31-2022 10:39 AM
  2. Ed7789's Avatar
    Your "data hub" uses what kind of connection?

    Is it a USB device, or is it something else?
    01-31-2022 07:52 PM
  3. anon(631531)'s Avatar
    My data hub uses a USB male, so I guess I need a thunderbolt male to a USB female.
    01-31-2022 08:15 PM
  4. Ed7789's Avatar
    My data hub uses a USB male, so I guess I need a thunderbolt male to a USB female.
    You would need a Thunderbolt USB controller. The Thunderbolt 2 ports are typically not connected to the USB controller.
    I had a look on NewEgg, but I couldn't find anything there either
    01-31-2022 10:13 PM
  5. anon(631531)'s Avatar
    The two Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort sockets are useless for anyone unless they use an ethernet or html cable. At least this MBP has a usb connection on either side. In order for me to use my data hub from one of those TB sockets, I would need, at least, a TB3 to TB cable & a usb to TB3 cable. Not worth the effort or the price. Now I see why they stopped putting those TB/MiniDisplayPorts into their MBPs. Waste of space.
    02-01-2022 10:22 AM
  6. Ed7789's Avatar
    The two Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort sockets are useless for anyone unless they use an ethernet or html cable. At least this MBP has a usb connection on either side. In order for me to use my data hub from one of those TB sockets, I would need, at least, a TB3 to TB cable & a usb to TB3 cable. Not worth the effort or the price. Now I see why they stopped putting those TB/MiniDisplayPorts into their MBPs. Waste of space.
    Actually, you could plug a eGPU or a drive on those Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    Thunderbolt 2 was very uncommon. The main reason is because the other manufacturers didn't build computers with that port.
    This changed with Thunderbolt 3 and the USB type C connector.

    Also, as far as I know, there are no Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB type C) connector adapter, only Thunderbolt 3 to 2.
    02-01-2022 06:03 PM
  7. rvthof's Avatar
    Apple sells an adapter Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2. It works both directions. I use it to connect TB3 device to TB2 port on a 2015 iMac.
    Ed7789 likes this.
    02-02-2022 07:34 AM
  8. anon(631531)'s Avatar
    Thanks, but I've given up on it. I'm using the USB ports on both sides of the MBP, and that works ok.
    02-02-2022 10:04 AM

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