Category Archives: News

Charging Your iPad or iPhone with a USB Hub

12/3/2012 Apple’s new devices with the 8/9 pin lightning connector is now BC 1.1 compatible! We now have a 4 port USB hub that charges these new devices with or without a PC. Older 30-pin connector devices are not compatible. See below for them. “The only reason I bought this was that my computer’s USB […]

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Unleash the Easy Transfer Cable

With the introduction of Windows 8.1, this information is out of date. For upgrading to a Windows 8.1 computer using the Bravura Easy Computer Sync software, see here. For using the Windows Easy Transfer software to upgrade to a Windows 7 or 8 computer, see here. The simplest way to move files from one PC […]

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Go the Distance: The USB2-5M Extension Cable

Sometimes the USB cable that comes with a device is just too short. Maybe you have a non-networkable printer or scanner that you need to set up across the room–or in a different room altogether–than the connected computer is located. Perhaps you’re mounting a USB device like a webcam or speakers high on the wall but […]

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Support

We’re as excited about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release as we expect many of our customers are. And we’re here to help if you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on computers where you’re using or plan to use any Plugable devices. We’ve already begun installing Microsoft’s latest operating system on PCs in our lab […]

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When You Need a New WiFi Adapter

You love your laptop, but its WiFi network adapter is on the fritz. You could try to get it repaired or plunk down at least a few hundred bucks for a new computer. There’s also an easy, inexpensive option that will get you back on the network in no time: Use a USB-based WiFi adapter. […]

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Mac OS X 10.7.3 Breaks Display Rotation

We recommend not upgrading your Mac to the OS X 10.7.3 release if you are using a Plugable graphics display adapter. This latest upgrade to the Mac OS was made publicly available at the beginning of this month. Unfortunately it breaks display rotation functionality in all third-party display drivers. DisplayLink, the maker of the graphics […]

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Plugable’s New USB 2.0 Switch for Sharing a Device or Hub Between Two Computers

Here’s a scenario our customers frequently describe: “I just got a new USB-based printer and want to share it between two computers. But the printer isn’t networkable. What should I do?” The inexpensive solution: Plug the printer’s USB cable into the computer where you have something to print. Repeat as needed. The easier solution: Get […]

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Plugable’s New USB 2.0 2-Port Hub

The newest small and light laptops and tablets don’t have enough USB ports. Because of that, it’s nice to be able to throw a small USB hub in your bag for extra connectivity when you’re travelling. You want a durable hub without any parts sticking out that are easy to break. Where the hub is […]

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Updating firmware on the Plugable 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 Hub with VL810 chipset

This post is only applicable for hubs purchased prior to 3/1/2012, later hubs do not include the VL810 chipset. Because USB 3.0 is still maturing, it’s helpful to choose devices with upgradable firmware (and/or drivers). Our Plugable 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 Hub uses the VIA VL810 chipset both because it’s the best selling hub chipset […]

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Choosing a Docking Station

We offer 2 models of Universal Docking Station, and often get questions about which one to buy. Here’s a side-by-side comparison. Let us know if you have any questions! Both enable adding an extra monitor, speakers, and other devices to any brand of laptop (no more expensive proprietary docks!) with a single USB cable to […]

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