Plugable USB-C 3-Port Hub with Pass-Through Charging

Features

  • Simultaneous charging and data for supported USB-C systems (see below “Compatibility”)
  • Single USB-C input for USB-C Power Delivery charger, uses VIA VL100 for USB PD negotiation
  • Three USB-A 3.0 ports for connecting USB accessories
  • Slim aluminum design perfect for travel
  • Built-in 6 inch USB-C cable with aluminum shell
  • Features single VIA VL813 USB 3.0 hub chipset with the latest v9001 firmware for maximum compatibility and performance with most USB 3.0 & 3.1 host controllers
  • 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)

Product Description

The Plugable USBC-HUB3P Aluminum USB-C 3-Port Hub with Pass-Through Charging allows up to three standard USB-A 3.0/2.0/1.1 devices to be attached to a host computer while simultaneously charging the host using its existing USB-C power adapter. The HUB3P is ideal for traveling due to it’s extremely compact design and complements the MacBook Retina 2015 perfectly while expanding the limited USB connectivity of the system by enabling up to three USB 3.0 or 2.0 devices to be added to the USB-C port. The hub supports USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps) to allow data to move quickly between devices, ideal for high-throughput devices such as USB external hard drives, flash drives, and USB graphics adapters.

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Charging

When the HUB3P is placed in-between a USB-C charger and a compatible host system like the Apple MacBook Retina 2015 and Google Chromebook Pixel [2] 2015 that follow the USB-IF Power Delivery standard, the hub will use the charger to power itself and any attached USB devices, while simultaneously continuing to charge the host system.

Please note that not all USB-C systems are compatible with the USB-IF Power Delivery standard even though they may charge through their USB-C port.

When using the hub in combination with the host system’s USB-C charger, the hub will momentarily reset if the charger is connected or disconnected as the hub transitions from being bus powered (from the host USB-C port) or self powered (from the charger). This is in compliance with the USB-IF Power Delivery R2 V1.0 specification. All USB devices attached to the hub will momentarily stop working until the hub completes the power transition. Any data transfers to USB storage devices will be interrupted during this transition.

Compatibility

Plugable has verified the following systems work with the USBC-HUB3P for simultaneous charging and data using the system’s included USB-C charger:

  • Apple 12″ MacBook Retina 2015
  • Google Chromebook Pixel [2] 2015
  • Google Pixel C

Special cases:

  • Dell XPS 13 9350
    (Dell does not ship the XPS 13 with a USB-C charger, the XPS 13 will charge through the USBC-HUB3P with a 3rd party power adapter like Google’s 60W USB-C charger)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 2015
    (Razer’s included USB-C charger is incompatible. The Razer Blade Stealth will charge through the USBC-HUB3P with a 3rd party power adapter like Google’s 60W USB-C charger)

Incompatible systems:

  • Apple MacBook Pro Late 2016 (issues with USB 2.0 devices not being recognized)
  • Apple 12″ MacBook Retina 2016 (issues with USB 3.0 devices not being recognized)
  • Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-592G
    (Cannot charge from USB-C port, only charges from DC barrel)
  • Dell XPS 15 9550
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855
  • Lenovo P50
    (Does not support PD charging)
  • HP Elite X2 1012 G1
    (Charging pass-through works but USB connectivity does not)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S 12″
    (Charging pass-through works but USB connectivity does not)

Alternative use scenarios:

The HUB3P will work with any USB-C host as a standard 3-port hub even if charging pass-through is not supported. As an example the hub works with the Google Nexus 5X Android phone for connecting multiple USB devices at the same time. We used the HUB3P in combination with a flash drive for data storage/transfer and our USB3-E1000 for Ethernet access. Please note if a charger is connected to the hub, the hub will not communicate with the phone for data transfer. This is because the phone can only charge or transfer data, it cannot support simultaneous charge and sync.

To use the hub with a Nexus 5X or similar phone, when connecting the hub a new option will appear in the notification drop down menu in Android. Touch the “USB for charging” and then select “Power supply” (see below images for reference). The hub will now work for connecting devices such as memory card readers, flash drives, keyboard/mouse, etc. Please note that some flash drives and memory cards depending on how they are formatted may not be visible by Android.

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FAQ

Q: Do I need a firmware update for my hub?
A: The USBC-HUB3P ships with the latest firmware, so no update is needed. Future firmware updates will be posted on our USB Hub Firmware Updates page.

Q: Is an AC power adapter required?
A: No. This hub can be powered completely from the host computer USB port if a USB-C power adapter is not available. In that mode, the hub is drawing power from the host computer, not charging it.

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

Q: Can I connect my Apple SuperDrive to the hub?
A: Some devices such as the Apple SuperDrive look for Apple-specific signaling and will not work when connected through any USB hub. See Apple HT201788.

Q: Why does my wireless mouse or keyboard appear sluggish or not work properly when used with the hub?
A: Most USB receivers for wireless mice and keyboards operate in the 2.4Ghz band. When connecting the receiver to any USB 3.0 port there is potential for interference that can affect the devices performance. The most effective method is to add a short USB 2.0 extension cable between the hub and the receiver to mitigate the effect, and many wireless keyboards and mice come with such a cable for this reason.

Intel has a technical whitepaper on the behavior for those interested here:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/io/universal-serial-bus/usb3-frequency-interference-paper.html

Support

Feel free to contact us directly at support@plugable.com if you have any questions. Whether you’ve purchased the USBC-HUB3P and need support or you’re considering a purchase and would like help understanding compatibility, we’re here to help.

In the Box

Model: USBC-HUB3P

Where to Buy

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