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Windows 8.1 and the ASMedia USB 3.1 XHCI 1.1 Host Controller

When we heard ASUS had released the first commercially available USB 3.1 equipped motherboard we rushed to get our hands on one. We picked up the ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac)/USB 3.1 and assembled our new USB testing workstation. Since Intel is not yet ready with their USB 3.1 controller, ASUS added an ASMedia ASM1142 USB 3.1 XHCI […]

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More Windows Tablets Can Transform into Full Desktops in 2015

This year, even more Windows tablets can be transformed into full desktop workstations using the Plugable UD-Pro8 docking station, introduced for the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet in a successful Kickstarter campaign last summer. To help you decide whether turning a one of these tablets into an ultra-portable desktop solution will work for you, here […]

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Charging on the Go Gets Easier: The New Plugable Power 2015 USB-C2W 2-Port USB Smart Charger

Earlier this year Plugable introduced our popular USB-C5TX 5-Port 40W USB smart charger. However, 5 ports and a cable to the wall can be overkill when traveling. For your bag or purse, smaller and lighter is better. That’s where our new Plugable USB-C2W 2-Port travel charger shines. With its small size, two USB smart charge […]

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Plugable-BTAPS Python Library for Creating Custom Applications with the Plugable PS-BTAPS1

We are excited to announce the release of our open-source library for interacting with our Plugable PS-BTAPS1 Bluetooth Power Switch. This library is fully compatible with Windows and Linux systems running Python 2.7 and the pyBluez library. We hope that this library will help the open-source and maker community create interesting new projects and applications […]

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Plugable Launches DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Active Adapters

As a market leader in multi-monitor docking stations and graphics adapters, our offices at Plugable are by necessity full of all sorts of various displays, PCs, and tablets. Over the past year, we’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of systems and displays which include the VESA DisplayPort (DP) and Mini DisplayPort (mDP)/Thunderbolt outputs. […]

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Nexus 7 First Gen (2012) Upgrade to Andriod 5.0 (Lollipop) Breaks USB-Ethernet Support

The recent over-the-air upgrade to Android 5.0 (Lollipop) on the Nexus 7 first gen (2012) tablet appears to have broken support for USB-Ethernet devices including Plugable’s USB2-E100 and USB2-OTGE100 USB to Fast Ethernet adapters. This is ironic, because the same upgrade on the Nexus 7 second gen (2013) has finally fixed support for these devices. […]

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Pi and Coffee: Automate Your Morning with Plugable Bluetooth Switches and a Raspberry Pi

It’s 6 am. Time to get up. Your favorite song starts playing. A dim light comes on next to the bed. A few minutes later a bright light jars you from sleep. Meanwhile the smell of fresh-brewed coffee wafts in from the kitchen. Welcome to another automated morning with your Raspberry Pi and some Plugable […]

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The Mystery of the Windows Static IP That Won’t Stick

One of the interesting things about helping customers at Plugable is that we not only see a wide variety of creative uses of our products, but sometimes we also get to find the root of operating system problems. Now I know that may sound strange. I have always been ‘that guy’ who wants to get […]

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New Plugable USB Fast Ethernet Adapter Brings Wired Ethernet Directly to Your Tablet’s MicroUSB Port

You are in a hotel room in a far-away city and you need to access the internet through your tablet. But there’s no WIFI! Only a hard-wired Ethernet connection. What do you do? In the past, with many popular tablets, you could reach for your trusty Plugable USB2-E100 Fast Ethernet adapter and get connected, but […]

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Plugable Launches 7-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub with 60W of Power and Best Available Charge and Sync Support

Last year we introduced the USB2-HUB7BC, our flagship 7-port USB 2.0, 60 watt powered hub with BC1.2 charging support. This hub was our “holy grail” of charging hubs due to the great compatibility that the BC1.2 charging standard offered. Nearly any iOS device with a Lightning connector and many other Android devices could charge and […]

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