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Drivers for USB3-E1000, USBC-E1000, USB3-HUB3ME, USBC-HUB3ME (ASIX AX88179 Chip)


Note for Windows 10 users: Drivers for the USB3-E1000, USBC-E1000, and USB3-HUB3ME are pre-installed in Windows 10, and there is no need to download drivers here. Just plug in your adapter, wait a moment while the driver is set up, then access the network. If you have any problems with this, please contact us at support@plugable.com.

If you wish to pre-install drivers before your adapter arrives, just download and run the utility from the link below:

Download Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista, and XP drivers

After downloading, simply double-click on the .exe file to begin installation. You will receive a confirmation that the process has begun, and another upon successful completion- this should take less than a minute on most systems.

Note: ARM-based Windows 8/8.1 tablets such as the Microsoft Surface RT do not have drivers for the ASIX 88179 built in. ASIX does not provide a Surface RT compatible driver for installation.

Windows PC’s with internet access should automatically download and install drivers from Windows Update.

A driver CD-ROM* is also provided in the packaging with the product. *Please note that Windows 8/8.1 driver is not loaded on the CD, however it can be downloaded from the link above.


To install the ASIX 88179 driver on OS 10.6 through 10.10.x, download the driver from the link below:

USB3-E1000 Mac 10.6.x – 10.10 Drivers v2.2.0 – 07/24/2014

  • Mac OS X Universal Binary Driver (DMG file format)
  • For Mac OS X 10.6.x – 10.10 only.


Linux kernels 3.8 and earlier require rebuild of kernel module from source. Recent distributions running 3.9 or later should have the driver built-into kernel.

Driver source code for Linux kernel 2.6 and later (compile required).

Chrome OS

Chrome OS supported with latest software updates installed.

Other OS Platforms

See the ASIX AX88179 driver download page for complete list of drivers and supported platforms for the AX88179 chip.