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Chrome OS Now Supports Certain USB Docking Stations

USB docking stations have become extremely popular on Windows. With a single USB cable back to your PC, they provide an all-in-one solution for an extra display, wired network, audio, and several powered USB ports. Basically everything you’d typically want to turn your laptop or tablet into a powerful desktop replacement. Six months ago we […]

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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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USBC-TKEY in use

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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Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C to VGA Adapter

Product Description The Plugable USBC-VGA adapter enables a full HD-capable VGA output from systems which support “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” (Alt Mode) via USB-C such as the Apple 12″ Retina MacBook 2015, the Chromebook Pixel 2015, and upcoming systems based on the Intel Skylake/Alpine Ridge platform. Alt Mode adapters allow you to add an additional display […]

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Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C Power Delivery Sniffer

The Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C Power Delivery Sniffer (USBC-TKEY for short) enables the monitoring of USB power delivery traffic between two USB Type-C devices Our device is designed to enable those working with the new USB-C PD standard to have a window into what communications are occurring between devices. When connected between a Type-C host […]

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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

Update 11/4/2015 – At this time there is still no resolution for this issue and there has been some confusion about what audio is affected. The only audio that does not function after upgrading to Windows 10 is the audio output jack on the front of the Pro8 dock. The attached tablet’s built in speakers […]

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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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