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Plugable Launches USB Type-C to VGA Adapter

One of the exciting new features of the USB 3.1 Type-C standard is the ability to provide an additional native video output connection through the USB Type-C port when the appropriate adapter is attached. This new functionality is enabled by USB 3.1’s ability to carry “Alternate Mode” (Alt Mode) signals through dedicated lanes, beyond just […]

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Plugable Delivers USB-C Power Delivery Debug Device Based on Google “Twinkie” platform

The new USB-C connector and USB-PD specification enable charging at up to 100W. However, the protocol for negotiation between host and charger can be complex. As Google was building the Chromebook Pixel (the first USB-C device to hit the market), it created a tool to allow the engineers to see what was happening at the […]

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Robust and Adjustable Stand for Plugable’s 250x USB Microscope

The Plugable USB microscope is an incredibly versatile and fun product to use. When I plugged it in, I was immediately struck by how even the most mundane objects became totally fascinating. This week I designed a rigid stand for the microscope to allow stable picture-taking and durability. Here is the design. While the gooseneck […]

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Customizable Desktop Battlestation

This week, I revisited my old friends the UD-3900 and UD-3000 docking stations. Previously, I designed a VESA mount system to hold the docking station in place behind a monitor. This time around, I wanted to create something that would make our docking stations a focal point of the desk—foregoing overt minimalism in favor of […]

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Windows 10 Work-Around for UD-PRO8 Docking Station Audio Issue

After updating to newly-released Windows 10, several customers have contacted us saying the audio in their Pro8 docking stations stopped working. Testing has shown that this happens only in 32-bit versions of Windows 10, not 64-bit. However, the majority of the tablets compatible with the UD-PRO8 are using 32-bit Windows and will experience this issue […]

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Adventures in Stackability and Modularity

We’ve had several customer requests for mounts that can stack several of our HUB7BC and HUB7-81X hubs. Both of these devices offer seven USB 3.0 ports, but with larger workstation setups, seven ports is sometimes not enough. While multiple hubs can work together electronically, a frustrating reality is that their cases do not stack neatly. […]

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Installing Plugable USB-Ethernet Drivers in Windows 10

Update: A Windows 10 driver now exists for the USB2-E1000. However, it will not appear in the CD that comes with the adapter until the next lot of adapters is shipped. The updated driver can be downloaded from this link: Windows 10/8/8.1, 7, Vista, and XP drivers for USB2-E1000. If you are not able to […]

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Potential Windows 10 Wake-from-Sleep Issue with USB 3.0 Hubs

Testing here at Plugable on the final release version of Windows 10 has identified some situations where a USB device, such as a keyboard or mouse, attached through a USB 3.0 hub does not wake the host computer from sleep mode. The bug seems somewhat random, with not all systems affected. In some cases, two […]

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Windows 10 and Plugable Docking Stations / USB Graphics Adapters

Summary: Windows 10 requires the latest v7.9M2 DisplayLink drivers to be re-installed *after* OS upgrade is complete. As we near the July 29th release of Windows 10, we’re getting frequent questions from customers who are excited about this new operating system and inquiring as to how things will behave when using their Plugable USB graphics […]

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