Plugable Introduces New 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart-Charging Ports

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.

If you have any questions at all, we’re happy to help. Comment below or email support@plugable.com anytime. Thank you!

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12 comments on “Plugable Introduces New 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart-Charging Ports”

  1. George Reply

    Seems wonderful. Hopefully this one won’t turn itself on and off every few minutes like some Chinese hubs did.

  2. Roberts Rozis Reply

    I wonder yhow you can connect and disconnect USB Flash storage. So far I have seen that after disconnecting a storage device it may take physical disconnection of the entire hub for a particular slot to take a new USB Flash storage. How about this device?

    • Marc M. Reply

      Hi Roberts,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us! Our USB 3.0 Hubs do support “hot swapping” which means that you can disconnect a device from the hub, and then reinsert another device without having to restart the system or hub. If there ever is an issue with disconnecting and connecting a new device, it could be related to out of date controller drivers or firmware on your system. I hope this information helps, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us directly at support@plugable.com

      Thank you for your time,
      Marc
      Product Owner & Technical Support
      http://www.plugable.com/support

  3. Slawek Reply

    Any chance of making this hub available on Amazon.co.uk, or in some other shop that would ship to Ireland?

    • Marc M. Reply

      Hi There,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us! Due to the individual AC Adapter cable type, this unit does not have the correct outlet connections for the UK. We are hoping to have a version available in the future, but have not yet listed the product via Amazon. I appreciate the interest, and if you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us directly at support@plugable.com. Thank you!

      -Marc
      Product Owner & Technical Support

  4. Peter Reply

    Hi,
    While externally powered will this hub back-feed 5V into a PC when the PC is turned off?

    I binned a self-powered USB 3 hub after finding that it back-feeds its 5V into my desktop via the PC’s on-board USB 3 port connecting the hub. Manufacturers do not specify, inform nor advise on this issue.

    Thank you

    • Marc M. Reply

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us! This is a great question. This particular hub does have “back-volt” protection, so it will not back feed voltage to your PC when it is off. This is a hardware implementation, so it is not specifically controlled via the driver, so it will protect the connected PC and devices. I hope this information helps, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us directly at support@plugable.com.

      Thank you for your time,
      Marc
      Product Owner & Technical Support
      http://www.plugable.com/support

  5. Armando Reply

    Hi,
    Your Plugable USB 3.0 Hub 10 port is known to be one of the few hubs compatible with WMR (in my case a Samsung Odyssey plus). I know it uses the VIA VL812 B2 (fw versions v9091 and v9095). I don’t have a need for the 10 ports and prefer the smaller form factor of the new USB3-HUB7C and it is also a bit cheaper, however it uses the newer VIA VIA VL813 (fw version 9015). Do you think that could impact compatibility with WMR or it should be safe to assume it will have the same compatibility?

    Part of my question is because I got the impression that in the case of the Plugable USB3-HUB10C2 you kept 2 different fw versions for the different chipsets presumably to keep the broadest compatibility, so I wonder if using the VL813 fw version 9015 will have less compatibility also considering the VR headset is not very new.

    Last I understand the ports are daisy chained. Does it matter which ports are connected to the “upstream” chipset in order to get the best speed/signal strength? If so can you tell me which USB ports are the ones mapped to the “upstream” (you have a diagram for the 10-port HUB but not for the 7-port).

    Thanks!! Keep up the good work!

    • Sam Morgan Reply

      Thanks for reaching out! Certainly an interesting question.

      We don’t test with these types of devices, as it’s just not feasible for us to test such a broad range of USB products, considering how many things connect to USB. I will say, chances are if the older chip works well with your device, it’s likely the newer versions will too. Compatibility regressions do happen, but they’re the exception. There are no guarantees, however, so we can’t specifically recommend this.

      As far as daisy-chaining goes, the biggest issues are hub depth and cable length. In general, we don’t recommend daisy-chaining at all, as it’s easy to hit either of those conditions. It does matter for any hub more than 4 ports, as hubs with more ports are internally daisy-chaining multiple 4-port hub chips together. With that you could hit the hub depth limit with just 2 hubs if they aren’t connected correctly. From a performance standpoint though, it doesn’t matter at all, as long as the hub itself is connected directly to the computer and not through any other hub or adapter.

      • Armando Reply

        Thanks Sam, I think I will take my chances and try the USB3-HUB7C, fingers crossed as WMR is very picky.

        About the daisy-chaining, I was talking about the internal daisy-chaining (not thinking on having more than one hub). Based on your answer above and given VR uses a long cable it sounds it will be beneficial to connect the cable to a port that it is not internally daisy-chained.

        Is it possible for you to tell me the port mapping? I am talking about something similar as the diagram you have for usb3-hub10c2 (see at the end of https://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub10c2). As an example, from that diagram and for that hub I would connect the cable to port 9 because it is not daisy-chained and it is able to provide more than 900mA, so that will help with the power hungry VR headset and with the cable length (btw I am not an expert so let me know if I am talking non-sense).

        Thx!

  6. bode oso Reply

    Hello there please is there a software available for this hub that supports external usb to hdmi converter for up to 7 monitors.

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