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Plugable USB3-HUB7-81X Seven-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Four-Amp Power Adapter (VIA VL812 chipset)

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Features

  • Compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 hosts and devices
  • Features the latest VIA VL812(1) USB 3.0 hub chipset for maximum compatibility and performance
  • US units Updated with the latest VIA VL812 firmware. We have a post on identifying and upgrading firmware versions which is relevant for older units and customers purchasing in other geographies.
  • Premium four-amp power adapter for more power hungry USB 3.0 devices
  • Supports USB 3.0  SuperSpeed  transfer rates (5Gbps), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed rates (480Mbps), and USB 1.1 Full/Low Speed  rates (12/1.5 Mbps)
  • No driver installation required: Works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and other hosts
  • LED status indicators for each port in use
  • Not a device charger: No functionality for charging iPads, iPhones, or other tablet and smartphone devices

Product Description

Connect up to 7 devices to one USB port featuring the latest VIA VL812 USB 3.0 hub chipset for maximum compatibility and performance. The USB3-HUB7-81x model offers full forward and backward compatibility between USB 3.0 and 2.0/1.1 hosts and devices. It is easy to use and connect, with an attractive, solid, compact design and per-port LEDs. The hub requires no driver install (although individual devices will, as usual).

Model: USB3-HUB7-81X

Performance

The hub has data transfer rates up to 5Gbps allowing data to move quickly between devices. The hub’s one upstream port and seven downstream ports provide USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates when linking  a USB 3.0 host with USB 3.0 devices. It is ideal for connecting peripheral items such as USB hard drives, flash drives, and USB video adapters. USB’s practical speeds vary by device and usually are lower than the theoretical maximum speed.

Checkout our Youtube video of the hub in action while connected to 7 monitors with Plugable video adapters:

Power

The hub comes with a premium five-volt, four-amp AC power adapter for powering up to USB 3.0′s maximum of 900 milliamps per port for today’s power heavy devices. The power adapter is brick-style with extra-long cables providing a total of 9+ feet of distance between the hub and the electrical outlet. Power management features USB overcurrent detection and protection.

The hub is not a device charger and has no functionality for charging iPhones, iPads, or other similar tablets and smartphones.

In the box

USB 3.0 7-port Hub (VIA VL812 Hub Controller), 5V 4A AC desktop-style power adapter with 9+ foot hub to wall extension cord and 3 foot USB 3.0 Cable.

FAQ

USB Charging
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.

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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.

Note that some devices, may charge only at slow "trickle charge" rates, and not indicate they are charging. These are shown as a 0 charge rate.

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.

Not satisfied with how your devices charge?
Take a look at the USB-MC1 charging adapter. This charging adapter let's you turn any USB port on a powered USB hub or computer into a 1A charging port. The only limitations is that the AC adapter of the powered USB hub needs to be rated for at least 1A for each USB charging adapter. For instance, you won't be able to turn your 10 Port USB 2.0 Hub into a 10 port charging station as the USB hub comes with a 2.5A AC adapter. This means that you can charge at most 2 devices using the USB Charging Adapters, because each adapter will consume 1A leaving .5A for any other devices on the hub.

Do I need a firmware update for my hub?

Only if you purchased in or before September 2013 (9/2013). Currently shipping plugable hubs have the latest available firmware with no known issues on Linux, Mac, and Windows hosts. For details on firmware updates available for units purchased in or before September 2013, check our post on Plugable USB 3.0 7 Port Hub Firmware History.

What do the blue LED lights indicate?

There is a blue led for each of the downstream USB ports on the hub. The LEDs turn on when a USB device is connected and recognized by the operating system. There is no light to indicate power.

Is this hub a good match for my Raspberry Pi?

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.

Notes

  • Hubs purchased before Nov 16, 2012 use the VIA VL811 chipset

Where to Buy

Plugable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter (VIA VL812 Rev B2 Chipset and updated firmware v9081 with Linux, O... Product Details $29.95

9 thoughts on “Plugable USB3-HUB7-81X Seven-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Four-Amp Power Adapter (VIA VL812 chipset)”

    1. Yes – The hub’s VL812 is backward compatible with USB 1.0 and 2.0. You’ll need appropriate drivers for the printer, of course.

    1. Hi Carole – Yes. It has the latest chipset and firmware, which generally produces the best results on Windows 8.1 (some older generation hubs have trouble, especially with power management). Thanks!

    1. Thanks for asking, yes. The version sold in the UK, Germany, Spain, etc contains both UK and EU plugs for direct connection to the wall with no adapters needed. Thanks!

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