- “This is the best USB hub I have used to date.” –AjoyW, Colorado
- “The upward-facing ports are perfect for thumb drives.” – Bamboo
- “The power supply is a HEFTY 15W output.” –J.Q.Public, Florida
- Expand your connectivity with this 7 port High Speed USB 2.0 hub
- Includes premium 15W AC adapter to support the most power-hungry USB 2.0 devices
- Easy to diagnose connectivity: separate LEDs for hub power and each attached USB device
- Fully compliant with USB 2.0/1.1, supporting speeds up to 480Mbps
- Lowest power consumption chipset to keep hub cool while supporting high power USB devices
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The Plugable USB2-HUB-AG7 is a premium 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub that is designed to maximize compatibility with USB 2.0 devices, including power-hungry USB-powered hard drives, scanners, etc, with its provided 15W power supply. This hub is for connecting and powering standard USB 2.0 devices only – it is not a standalone charger and does not support Apple charging extensions.
The hub controller has multiple transaction translators (MTT) to maximize throughput, low power consumption (155mA with 7 devices connected, 66mA with one), and fully supports USB 2.0 High-Speed (480Mbs), USB 1.1 Full-speed (12 Mbps), and Low-Speed (1.5Mbps) devices.
The Terminus Technology FE2.1 hub controller chipset in the Plugable USB2-HUB-AG7 supports efficient data transfers for maximum performance across all devices with minimal power draw. Supports Multiple Transaction Translators for optimum performance when a combination of USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices are attached. Low power consumption is achived with 0.18um technology and declocking/depowering of unused ports and parts of chip not currently in use.
Battery charging over USB has become a standard practice but the actual charging behavior of different devices is often unpredictable and sometimes disappointing. The devices themselves decide how much current to draw and manufacturers haven’t settled on a single standard. We’ve been working to test our products with as many different devices as possible and publish the results so it’s easy to determine the charging behavior to expect from your device on each of our USB products. These are the results for the devices we’ve tested on this device so far.
The “MAX of mA with Host On” is a bit confusing at first glance. The easiest way to understand this is that these values are the maximum reported charging rate (mA) when connected to a computer (host) that is powered on. The “Max of mA with Host Off” is simply the opposite, it is the charging rate (mA) when there is no connected computer (host) or if the computer is turned off.
Some entries in the charging sheet contain blank spaces for the syncing capabilities, that is because we have not had a chance to test that device yet for syncing.
Don’t see your device? We also have a list of customer supplied reports on other devices here: plugable.com/support/charging
Still don’t see your device? W’d love to hear your experience. Enter your charging results into our charging form and we’ll include it in our results data.
Included in Package
7 port hub with advanced Terminus Technology FE2.1 hub controller, 15W AC power adapter with 3 foot cable, and 3 foot mini-B to A USB 2.0 cable for connecting the hub to your computer. USB hubs require no special drivers. Compatible with all USB hosts, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Wii, PS3, XBOX, Tivo, etc.
Can the hub charge iPods/iPads and other smartphones?
It does not have special support for Apple proprietary charging, beyond the 500mA rate which is standard for USB 2.0. This means iPads will only trickle charge, and only when the iPad is turned off (if turned on, the iPad will report “Not Charging”). For iPods, iPhones, and other devices, it will charge only at the standard 500mA rate.
Can devices be charged without a PC attached (or when the PC is off)?
No. USB 2.0 requires device-host negotiation, before the full 500mA can be supplied. Without negotiation, the hub can and does supply some current (< 100mA), but it is not enough to charge most high-power devices.
Is the AC power adapter required?
When the hub’s power adapter is not connected, the hub is capable of running purely from bus power (from the host PC). This takes power from one USB port and shares it with all the devices that are connected. With many devices attached, this will likely not be enough for all attached devices, causing the first few devices to work and the rest of the devices to be disconnected from the host OS (and unfortunately, which ones will fail are unpredictable based on order of device start up). We recommend always using the power adapter for best results.
Does the power supply switch for different regions or is it tied to US voltage and frequency?
The switching power adapter with our 7 port hub supports inputs of 100-240V ~ 50/60 Hz 0.5A. Output is 5V 3A and comes with a US standard plug. You will not need a power converter as long as the input is within the given ranges. You might need a plug adapter for different regions which is not included.
A replacement power adapter can be bought here.
What do the red and blue LED lights indicate?
The red LED light indicates the hub is receiving power, either from the upstream USB port or from the external power supply. When supplied from the included 3 Amp external switching power supply, the available 3000 mA can be divided among the 7 ports. When supplied from upstream USB port, all 7 ports will have to share the available 500 mA .
The blue LED lights indicate that a device is plugged in to the corresponding port. Looking at the Hub from above, the USB port on the Upper Left (the 3 port side) will illuminate the top most blue LED when a device is connected. Continuing counter-clockwise the lights illuminate in order, from top to bottom. It the light does not come on it indicates the device is not functioning. If the light flickers, this can indicate a device that is drawing more than the available 500mA.
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