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Restoring Lost Bluetooth Icon to Your Windows System Tray

The Bluetooth icon in the Windows system tray provides an easy way to connect and manage Bluetooth devices on your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 computer, and many Bluetooth users rely on it. But an accidental click in the wrong place can cause you to lose that icon, leaving no obvious way to access Bluetooth […]

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USB Charging Past, Present, and Future – Type-C

Last October we wrote about choosing between a dedicated USB charger or a charge and sync USB hub. At the time USB charging could be quite frustrating for consumers as device and charger incompatibilities were rampant. Fortunately dedicated smart chargers, charge and sync compliant hubs, and charge and sync compliant devices are now far more […]

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Selecting the Right USB-Ethernet Adapter for your Computer and Network

You’re a consultant, and you stride into a new client’s office with your Macbook Air, only to discover they’ve disabled WiFi for security reasons. You pull out your Windows tablet in a hotel room, but the only internet available is coming through a wire on the desk. You’re a gamer and you’re tired of watching […]

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Try Pi WiFi: Using the Plugable USB WiFi Adapter with Your Raspberry Pi 2

Just about everyone who has rode the Raspberry Pi wave in the last two years is excited about the possibilities presented by the new Raspberry Pi 2. With six times the processing power, it has the potential to turn a fun computer for experiments and hacks into a respectable piece of hardware that could almost […]

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Plugable’s New USB 3.0 Graphics Adapter for 2K and 4K HDMI Displays

When Plugable was the first company in the world to launch a 4K-capable USB 3.0 DisplayPort graphics adapter last fall, we heard from users around the globe who were excited to be able to add Ultra-High-Definition displays to their systems via USB. As popular as our UGA-4KDP DisplayPort adapter has been, we’ve also heard from […]

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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 […]

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DisplayLink Releases Updated Mac Driver (v2.4 Beta 1)

We regularly receive inquires from Mac users who are looking for updates regarding the compatibility of our DisplayLink-based USB docking stations and graphics adapters with Mac OS X. Progress has been slow, and there hasn’t been much substantive news to report in quite some time — until today. Some brief background for those unfamiliar with […]

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Hands-On With USB-C on the Chromebook Pixel 2

This has been an exciting week with the launch of Apple’s new Macbook with a single USB-C port (technically USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C). Then just a day later Google announces their Google Chromebook Pixel 2 2015 — shipping immediately with several useful USB-C accessories. So we had to get our hands on one and show […]

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Chromebooks Gaining USB Multiple Monitor Support

Chrome OS has begun the process of supporting DisplayLink USB 2.0 devices, which will eventually enable USB docking stations and graphics adapters for Chromebook systems. For the moment, there are still lots of limitations including mice cursors not working and EDIDs getting lost. But with time and attention, this could become one more area where […]

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Setting up a New Hard Drive or SSD in Your Plugable Docking Station

Customers often ask us why their new blank hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state disk (SSD) doesn’t show up on their computer, ready to blame their Plugable docking station. Most often the drive just needs to be initialized, partitioned, and formatted. In this post we present a step-by-step guide for doing this. Initializing prepares […]

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