For the life of me I can't figure out why there isn't a hardware manufacturer making a Thunderbolt hub available for purchase.
I totally understand the initial reasons why a Thunderbolt hub is not yet a thing. First, it's a somewhat new technology, so hardware is likely to take a while to be produced. Second, it's a much more complex interface than USB, etc. Third, a lot of Thunderbolt devices have two ports, thus allowing for daisy-chaining.
But what about all those Thunderbolt devices that don't
have two ports? I have a LaCie 1TB external HDD
, and a BlackMagic Design UltraStudio Express
which each have only one port. My 15" MacBook Pro (with Retina) has only two Thunderbolt ports. So, if I want to use both of these devices, I can't use anything else that requires a Thunderbolt port. For instance, Thunderbolt/Firewire or Thunderbolt/Ethernet adapter, or another device with a single Thunderbolt port.
There are a myriad of docks available that would sort of help me out. I can only find ones that have one or two Thunderbolt ports, usually an Ethernet port, and sometimes a FireWire port. This helps, but still doesn't do me any good if I need to purchase more devices that feature only a single Thunderbolt port. If I was just looking to split
Thunderbolt for two mini display port outputs, that would be easy. But that won't work with devices that require high transfer speeds, like video capture devices, or external HDD/SDD being used for video editing, etc.
Why doesn't anyone make a box that has all the hardware (and I would suppose software as well) to handle multiple (4 or more) thunderbolt interfaces? Portable (small) would be nice, even if it requires an external power supply.