Plugable’s New 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub

USB 3.0 is great, but most of the thin-and-light and tablet systems launching now only have room for one or two USB ports.

So we’re excited to announce Plugable’s new 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub using the market-leading VIA VL811 chipset. Connect a bunch of extra devices, all with USB 3.0’s much higher performance and great backward compatibility between both USB 3.0 and 2.0 computers and devices.

Our hub also features a premium 5V 4A power supply giving you both the most power per port of any 7-Port USB 3.0 hub on the market, and more than 9 feet (2.7 meters) of distance between your hub and the wall. That’s especially important for USB 3.0, where the length of the USB cable itself is typically shorter than USB 2.0 cables were, for performance and reliability reasons at USB 3.0’s higher speeds. So the typical setup now will place a USB 3.0 hub closer to your PC.

Two VIA VL811 4-port chipsets drive the hub internally. This is the 2nd generation USB 3.0 chipset from the market leading supplier (VIA). For those curious about internal configuration – Ports 5-7 of the hub are the top-level controller, with the second controller downstream of that providing ports 1-4.

We’re especially excited to be launching this product simultaneously in 28 countries: the USA, UK, and 26 countries served by Amazon in the EU: Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.

To serve all these geographies, we offer both a US version with 110-240V switching desktop-style power adapter with a lead with US prongs, and our UK/EU version of the 7 port hub with the same power adapter and leads for both UK and EU mains.

For both the US and UK/EU we make it easy to buy, fast to ship from Amazon’s dozens of worldwide warehouses, and if anything goes wrong — quick, no-hassle 30 day returns, also handled directly by Amazon.

Have any questions about the product or need support after you buy? We’d be happy to answer. Comment below or email support@plugable.com anytime. Our same great people who develop and document the product also provide our email and web based support, so we can get you the best possible answers quickly.

Thanks for going out of your way to research and choose our products!

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16 comments on “Plugable’s New 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub”

  1. Peter Gebhardt Reply

    Apparently not available in the United States as Amazon does not have it. Can you possibly give an update as to when it will become available? Thank you.

    • Jeff Everett Jeff Everett Reply

      Hi Peter-

      Thanks for asking! We anticipate this should be back in stock in about 2 weeks- a little less with any luck.

      Best wishes-

      Jeff

  2. Robert Reply

    Hi,

    I was wondering where Canadian residents can get a hold of one of your hubs? I don’t think amazon US/UK ship it to Canada. :/

    Thanks

      • Midnight Reply

        FYI, Bernie, there are only ten (10) Provinces in Canada, plus the North West Territories! Check any map of Canada for verification! :)

        You have a great product and we have many, many Distributors and Resellers who would be more than happy to carry your line ups!

          • Midnight

            Well, at least the Plugable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter (VIA VL812 Chipset is available, so that will suit my needs quite nicely.

            Thanks for your quick response!

  3. John Reply

    Hi will this work unpowered if all I want is data transfer and no charging or powering? In oher words can I use it without the power cable and simply have and required power coming from my laptop,when on a flight or in a car?

    Thanks,

    John

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      Hi John – Thanks for asking! When a USB hub is used without its power adapter, all ports share the 1 port’s worth of power from the hub’s connection to the computer. Especially with USB 3.0, that will produce confusing and bad results in most cases. We don’t recommend it. If you use one or two low-power devices like USB keyboards or mice, it might work .. but then as soon as you go beyond that very low threshold, devices will start failing in a confusing way.

      So in short, we recommend always using the power adapter. For your scenario, I’d recommend something like our 2 port USB 2.0 hub http://plugable.com/products/usb2-2port as perhaps a better alternative, because with only two ports, there’s less room to get yourself into trouble.

      Thanks for asking!
      Bernie

  4. Midnight Reply

    Just received and set up my new Plugable 7 port USB 3.0 Super Speed Hub, from Amazon.ca and everything went without a hitch. (Two day delivery, which is great!)
    All ports are fully functional at “Super Speeds”, meaning no complaints on my part!

    Great job with a great product! You’ve got my support!!

    On another note, Bernie, just read your profile and was surprised to discover that you once worked at IBM on the O/S2 project!
    That was my O/S of choice back in the mid 90’s and I got some product training from IBM.
    Too bad IBM decided to drop the project! Microsoft would have been in serious trouble had O/S2 gone mainstream! :)

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      Thanks for the kind words! .. And long live OS/2 (in the hearts of geeks, at least) :)

  5. Midnight Reply

    A minor concern re: Plugable 7 port USB 3.0 Super Speed Hub.
    When I turned on my PC this evening, my Logitech Wireless mouse wasn’t working, so I pulled the “dongle” and placed it in different ports and still, no go!

    When I plugged it into a USB 3.0 port at the back of my PC, the mouse was fine!

    I have my Logitech C910 webcam plugged into Port 1 on the Plugable Hub, my Seagate Portable Hard Drive “dock”, which has two USB 2.0 cables, into Ports 2 and 3 and the Logitech Wireless Mouse dongle in Port 4.

    The fix occurred when I unplugged the webcam cable and connected it again, then everything was working fine!

    Before you ask and I’m sure you’re thinking about it, yes, I did connect the AC adapter, so that’s not the cause of the failure.

    If this is an issue for Tech Support, please forward this to them and hopefully they can advise me as to why this happened, otherwise, let me have it! :)

    Many thanks!

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      What you’re seeing with the wireless mouse/keyboard is quite likely USB 3.0 interference, as Intel describes here:
      http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/io/universal-serial-bus/usb3-frequency-interference-paper.html

      We recommend connecting any 2.4 Ghz devices to USB 2.0 ports, if you have them. And if not, a passive USB extension cable like this one:
      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001TH7GV4

      Can often solve the problem, simply by getting the 2.4Ghz transmitter away from any USB ports.

      Now, why the webcam played into this at all, I don’t know — it could be simply the extra transfers on the USB bus that it was generating. Hope that helps — do try that step of getting the transmitter away from any USB 3.0 ports. Thanks! Bernie

      • Midnight Reply

        Thanks for your reply, Bernie! The above mentioned problem only occurred once and not since the initial problem, so it seems that everything has settled nicely!

        I am planning on buying a new Logitech Performance Mouse, with a Unifier, which I already have for my Wireless Illuminated keyboard. The current Unifier is already plugged into a USB 2.0 port at the back on my P.C., meaning that I will pull out the dongle/transmitter for good.

        No idea why the webcam played into this issue, but as mentioned, once I unplugged the cable and connected it again, everything worked as before.
        As William Shatner would say…Weird, or what! :)

        Thanks again for your reply.

        Best regards,

        Steve Key

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