Massive New 97-Port USB Type-C Hub Shows Plugable’s Engineering Prowess

USB’s new Type C connector is amazing. It’s reversible (like the Apple Lightning cable), it replaces both the iconic USB Type A connector and Type B, it’s forward and backward compatible with USB 3.1 down to USB 1.1, capable of 10 Gbps (more in the future), and can deliver up to 100W in either direction by negotiation through USB Power Delivery.

But if your Macbook or tablet only has one or two Type C ports, that just ain’t enough to enjoy all this goodness. You need more ports. And Plugable has delivered.

Introducing the Plugable USB3C-97XXX 97-Port USB 3.0 Type-C Hub. http://plugable.com/products/usb3c-hub97xxx

Available now in Zaire, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Guam. US, Canada, UK, and Japan sales pending certifications.

Specs:
-97-port USB 3.0 Type-C self powered hub
-Revolutionary 400W (5V, 80A) UL certified power adapter (quad US AC wall outlet plugs, 100-240V 50/60Hz)
-Consumes only 27W when idle, that means there’s about 93.25% left for all your dozens of USB devices
-Compatible with computers that have strong USB 3.0 xHCI host controllers and USB Type-C connectors
-Fully plug and play so you can plug those devices like they’re hot
-Features thirty two VIA VL812 Rev B2 hub chipsets with the latest v9095 firmware for maximum compatibility and performance with controllers up to the task
-Sleek piano black glossy UV clear coat finish with all 97 ports on one side to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessibility
-USB interconnect cables configured in triple twisted pairs to ensure maximum EMI protection
-Individual LED status indicators for each USB port (LEDs may blink randomly on computers with weak host controllers and may cause seizures)
-Backward, forward, and sideways compatible with all USB hosts and devices
-Minimal packaging tape and Velcro straps used in construction making it highly recyclable

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11 comments on “Massive New 97-Port USB Type-C Hub Shows Plugable’s Engineering Prowess”

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      Hi Josh – we tried not to be too cruel. I think for most techies, the foolin didn’t last much beyond the title … 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  1. Tim Reply

    I’ve only just seen this from LinkedIn, so it took me until “Consumes only 27W when idle” to get it 🙂
    Haven’t you tested with 127 devices all at once before?

  2. Joseph Kacvinsky Reply

    I bet this thing would be a great addition to an ASIC BTC mining setup. The ability to push up to 2.4A per port without setting anything on fire would be awesome.

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      ASIC-based USB bitcoin miners aren’t always the most cost effective, but we do have people using our hubs for that kind of setup. Glad you enjoyed the semi-real/mostly fantasy April fools. Cheers!

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