Today we’d like to introduce the newest member of Plugable’s lineup of best-selling USB hubs, the USB3-HUB7C. The Plugable USB 3.0 7 Port hub with two BC 1.2 Fast Charging ports and 36W power works on PC, Mac, and Linux systems to enable connection of up to 7 additional USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 devices. Designed with performance and flexibility in mind, the 36W UL-listed power adapter ensures there’s plenty of juice for power users’ setups, allowing you to fast-charge two BC 1.2 phones or tablets while also connecting several other USB 3.0 devices.
In addition to the higher-wattage power adapter, the USB3-HUB7C also includes several new features and improvements we’ve gathered from customer feedback on our best-selling USB3-HUB7-81X hub: a matte finish, rubber feet to help keep things in place, smaller footprint, subtler port status LEDs, and a physical power switch to manually turn off the hub without unplugging its power.
The two outermost ports (1 & 7) on the USB3-HUB7C support the BC 1.2 standard which provide more charging power (up to 1.5A) for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, while also enabling these devices to simultaneously charge and sync via “Charging Downstream Port” (CDP) mode. These smart-charging ports can also provide a charge when the hub is only connected to it’s power adapter and no active connection to a host PC via “Dedicated Charging Port” (DCP) functionality.
The USB3-HUB7C is powered by the the VIA VL813 USB 3.0 hub chipset with firmware version 9015 for maximum compatibility with the vast majority of USB 3.0 hosts. It Supports Microsoft Windows 10 through XP, macOS/OS X, and Linux kernels 3.0 and later. There are a few unsupported devices and scenarios to be aware of which are common to virtually all hubs: Apple SuperDrive units and older Mac Pros with USB 3.0 PCI Express add-on cards are not compatible, and there may be compatibility issues with some early USB 3.0 host controller chipsets or firmware versions. And 2.4GHz wireless devices such as keyboard/mouse receivers, Bluetooth and WiFi adapters operate on the same frequency as USB 3.0 signals, so these dongles are not suggested for use in USB 3.0 ports. Additional information regarding these and other edge-case compatibility issues can be found on the USB3-HUB7C product page.
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