Plugable USB 3.0 3-Port Bus Powered Hub with Gigabit Ethernet

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Features

  • 3-port USB 3.0 bus powered hub with 10/100/1000 gigabit RJ45 network adapter (powered from USB port, no external power adapter)
  • Built-in 12 inch USB cable
  • Compatible with most Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, Linux (kernels 3.0 and later), and Unix systems
  • Fully plug and play, no drivers required for hub (built-in Ethernet adapter does require driver installation) (individual devices / USB 3.0 host controller may require drivers), devices can be hot-plugged
  • Features single VIA VL812 Rev B2 hub chipset with the latest v9091 firmware for maximum compatibility and performance with most USB 3.0 host controllers
  • ASIX AX88179 USB 3.0 gigabit Ethernet chipset
  • Sleek piano black glossy UV clear coat finish, 3 ports on top with 1 port in front to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessibility
  • USB over-current protection supporting up to 900mA per port (limited to maximum USB bus power available from host computer)
  • Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps – transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent)
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices (rates up to 480Mbps), and USB 1.1 Full/Low Speed devices (rates 12/1.5 Mbps)

USB3-HUB3ME

Product Description

The Plugable USB3-HUB3ME is an easy way to gain wired gigabit Ethernet network speeds for faster HD video streaming, gaming, web browsing, network storage and more while expanding USB connectivity by connecting up to three USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 capable desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. The hub supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps) to allow data to move quickly between devices, ideal for high-throughput devices such as USB hard drives, flash drives, and USB video adapters.

Common uses include adding wired gigabit Ethernet network support to Macbooks, UltraBooks, or notebooks with no Ethernet connection, or replacing or upgrading network adapters in desktop PCs.  USB Ethernet network adapters can improve speeds vs. older 10/100 adapters and wireless networks.  Also useful for adding additional Ethernet network interfaces, and transferring files peer-to-peer over Ethernet.

 

Compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows systems should install latest manufacturer USB 3.0 host controller drivers and Windows Updates for best results. Apple Mac OS X and Linux / Unix systems require latest operating system updates for best compatibility.
  • Not recommended for use with older Texas Instruments, Fresco Logic, Etron, or Wistron USB 3.0 host controllers.
  • This hub is not a standalone charger and will not charge phones or tablets as it has no special charging functionality for charging an iPad, iPhone, or other tablet and smartphone devices with or without a PC connected. It is not BC 1.1 / 1.2 compatible.
  • Some devices such as the Apple SuperDrive look for Apple-specific signaling and will not work when connected through any USB hub.
  • We do not recommended this hub for use with USB 3.0 PCI-e add-on cards for older Apple Mac Pro systems because of limitations in their software support for USB 3.0 hubs.
  • 2.4Ghz wireless devices such as wireless keyboard/mouse receivers, Bluetooth and WiFi adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs. Connecting wireless devices to a USB 2.0 port is recommended for best results.

 

Network Performance

Plug into any laptop or desktop currently limited to 10/100 Ethernet, and benefit from faster transfers on your Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet network. In practice, most machines will see up to a doubling of network speed by moving from 100Mbs Fast Ethernet to 1000Mbs Gigabit Ethernet via USB 2.0, and could see up to ten times the gain on USB 3.0.

 

Ethernet Driver

Microsoft signed 32/64-bit drivers for Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. Not compatible with ARM-based Windows RT systems (MS Surface, Asus ASUS VivoTab RT). Mac OS X 10.6 through 10.10. Linux kernels 3.9 and later includes driver (3.8 and earlier require rebuild of kernel module from source). Not compatible with Android tablets, Tivo Series 2, Wii or other non-PC/Mac platforms. See the Plugable USB2-E100 for an adapter compatible with these.)

In The Box

USB3-HUB3ME Gigabit Ethernet adapter (female RJ45 jack) with USB 3.0 4-port bus powered hub with built-in 12 inch cable.

FAQ

Q: Do I need a firmware update for my hub?
A: See our firmware update page here.

Q: Is an AC power adapter required?
A: No. This hub is powered completely from the host computer USB port.

Q: What does the blue light mean?
A: The blue light indicates the hub is receiving power from the host computer USB port. The blue light should be on, if it’s not there’s something wrong — contact us at support@plugable.com for assistance.

Q: What do the green and amber LEDs on the Plugable USB3-HUB3ME RJ45 connector indicate?
A: The green link LED on the Plugable USB3-HUB3ME is an indication that the Ethernet cable plugged into the adapter is live and it stays steady as long as the live cable is plugged in. The blinking amber activity LED is an indications that data is transferring through the adapter. Both these LEDs will not light up when:

  1. The adapter is not receiving enough power because it is plugged into a port that does not provide the required 900mA (max) of power.
  2. The drivers for the adapter have not installed properly or are corrupted.
  3. The Ethernet Cable plugged in is not live or is faulty.
  4. The adapter has failed.

Q: Since this hub is not designed to charge devices like my phone and tablet, is there a hub that can?
A: Yes! We have 7-port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Charging Hub with 60W Power Adapter that supports BC 1.2 CDP, DCP/Android, Apple 1A, Apple 2A, Apple 2.4A, and Samsung 2.4A charging signals. Click here for more information on the USB3-HUB7BC.

Q: Can the hub support 4 devices which use the full 900mA current allowed by the USB 3.0 power specification?
A: Technically no, this hub is limited to the total power available from the host computer USB port.

Q: Are there any known software conflicts?
A: For Mac users, there is a known conflict with the Android File Transfer Program.

Q: Can I use this USB3-HUB3ME to add a network port to my printer’s USB port?
A:
No. This product is not a solution for connecting a USB device like a printer to a network.

Q: Is this hub a good match for my Raspberry Pi?
A: Because the Raspberry Pi is a USB 2.0 device and can’t take advantage of USB 3.0 functionality as well as mixed results from users, we do not recommend this hub for use the Raspberry Pi. The hub we do recommend is our 7 port USB 2.0 hub

Here’s a link with more details: A USB Hub that Works Well with the Raspberry Pi.

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