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USB hubs and chargers: What happens when you pull too much power?

USB power and charging issues are surprisingly complex. It’s natural to assume that hubs “deliver” a certain amount of power to a device. But that’s not really how it works. Devices can pull as much power as they want, but there are consequences. Devices are supposed to follow certain rules, like pulling no more than […]

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DisplayLink Graphics, Ethernet, and Audio Limitations on OS X 10.8.4

Plugable uses DisplayLink chips in all our USB 3.0 universal docking stations and graphics devices. DisplayLink’s chip and drivers can provide an extra display or two, along with audio and networking ports, all via one USB cable. For users seeking an affordable way to expand their Mac, this can both simplify connecting everything and increase […]

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Windows 8.1 Preview – DisplayLink Drivers

Windows 8.1 offers some great improvements, and we’re already seeing users (particularly Surface Pro users) who are trying the preview. The preview of Windows 8.1 just came out yesterday, and it’s important to note that it appears to break compatibility with some existing drivers. When you upgrade to 8.1, drivers are not migrated from 8.0, […]

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Plugable launches Aluminum 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub

Customers interested in a USB 3.0 hub with timeless beauty and performance to match need look no further than the Plugable USB3-HUB7A! Style A brushed aluminum finish with white accents complements Macs and MacBooks perfectly, and will match popular aluminum or silver ultra-books. Also a great companion device for the Surface Pro or Surface RT, […]

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Troubleshooting the USB3-HUB-81×7 USB 3.0 7 port Hub

Please note: This article is no longer relevant to newer versions of the USB3-HUB7-81X after mid-September 2013. For up-to-date firmware information please see here. Most customers purchasing our black 7 port USB 3.0 hub, the USB3-HUB7-81X, shouldn’t have any problems. In case of issues, the troubleshooting steps below are likely to provide a quick resolution. […]

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Speed up your external USB 2.0 hard drive with a Plugable USB 3.0 docking station

A recent article on CNET explains how to speed up your external USB 2.0 USB hard drive by removing it from its enclosure and reinstalling it in a new USB 3.0 enclosure. Ed Rhee, the writer of the article, has been able to double the speeds of his hard drives from 40MB/s to 80MB/s, essentially […]

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USB3-SATA-UASP1 Sleep and Large Volume Firmware Update

This article is no longer relevant. Please see our firmware update page here. Customers purchasing the USB3-SATA-UASP1 can take advantage of a firmware update with the following features: Improved support for 512e “Advanced Format” drives 2 TB and above. Spin down disks after 10 minutes of inactivity, resume on access. Spin down disks on system […]

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