Connecting your existing USB devices to a new USB-C laptop or tablet

Plugable USBC-AF3 Adapter shown connecting
a Plugable USB3-HUB3ME hub + Ethernet adapter to a MacBook.

One of the wonderful things about USB has been backwards compatibility. You can take a USB 1.1 device like a mouse from 15 years ago, plug into any computer today, and it will work.

The new USB Type C connector (USB-C) changes things around in terms of physical compatibility — you can’t just plug old devices into the new, smaller “Type C” port.

But all the wiring is there for full backward compatibility with no performance or functionality lost. It just takes is a simple cable to convert the size of the connectors. The new Plugable USBC-AF3 is a high quality version of this kind of cable.

So if you have a new 2015 MacBook, 2015 Chromebook Pixel 2, or any of the other coming flood of USB-C devices, this cable will let your older USB “A” device work with it. As always, just let us know if you have any questions, we’re happy to help.

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