Plugable USB 2.0 2-Port Hub/Splitter
List Price : $13.95
Amazon Rating : (1222 Reviews)
- Two Ports in One—This USB adapter has a clean and compact design. Standard USB hub splitter enables two devices to share a single available USB port with full USB 2.0 compatibility and performance
- Compatibility—2 port USB hub works with USB 3.0, 2.0 host controllers and devices on Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix computers at USB 2.0 speeds. Transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent. Fully plug and play, devices can be hot-plugged
- Portable—USB splitter for laptops is ultra compact and travel friendly featuring a built-in 12-inch USB extender cable. Multi usb port perfect for adding more devices (like a keyboard and mouse) to your limited ports
- Note—USB splitter is bus powered, requires no additional AC power. This hub is intended for low or self powered devices. Not compatible with automotive USB ports
- 2 Year Warranty—We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 2-year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
Plugable USB 2.0 2-Port Hub
Featuring a clean, compact design, the Plugable USB 2.0 2-Port Hub (USB2-2PORT) enables two devices to share a single available USB port with full USB 2.0 compatibility and performance. The hub uses a high-quality NEC chipset.
Common Uses for the USB 2.0 Hub
Common uses include connecting both keyboard and mouse via a single USB cable, industrial environments where space is a premium, and for any situation where a simple USB 2-port splitter is required. Great for travel due to the ultra-compact design and built-in 12in USB cable.
No Charging Capabilities
The Plugable hub is for data only and does not support charging of the connected devices. Functions as a USB hub only and will not charge phones, tablets, iPads, iPhones, or other tablet and smartphone devices with or without a PC connected. Not BC 1.1 / 1.2 compatible.
Does It Need Power?
This bus-powered hub shares available power (500mA) from the single upstream USB port to each of the two downstream USB ports. Because power is shared, devices connected via the hub should be low powered (keyboards, mice, etc), or self-powered (printers, powered hubs, externally powered hard drives).
Devices That Are Not Compatible With This 2-Port Hub
The Plugable 2-Port hub cannot be used with built-in car stereo systems or aftermarket systems such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as these systems do not support USB hubs.
Does this USB hub charge a connected devices?
No. The Plugable USB 2.0 2-Port Hub is not intended for charging any mobile or other devices. Both ports on the 2-port hub share the available power from the one upstream port (at maximum 500mA shared). It is intended for low or self-powered devices and is not suitable for charging.
Is this compatible with my car audio system?
No. Car audio systems do not support USB hubs.
Can I connect two USB bus-powered external hard drives? No. One or both external hard drives will drop off the USB bus since this USB hub splits 500mA at best between both USB ports.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity||Item Notes|
|1x Plugable USB 2.0 2-Port Hub Splitter (USB2-2PORT)|
|Port||Placement||Power Host / Device||Connection Type||Notes||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|USB-A to Host||Rear||Bus Powered (No Power Adapter)||0.0W|
USB To Devices
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|2x USB-A||Front||USB 2.0 (480Mbps)||5V||500mA||2.5W|
Connection To Host
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features|
|1x USB-A||Rear||USB 2.0 (480Mbps)|
|Port Type (Side 1)||Cable Specification||Port Type (Side 2)||Cable Length||External Power for Cable|
|1x Male USB-A||USB 2.0 (480Mbps)||1x Female USB-A||0.39m/1.3ft||No|
- This device needs no driver. Simply plug it into a USB 2.0 port on the host system to use
- Attach your low-power or self-powered USB peripherals to the two available ports on the hub
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USB Port Types
This is the standard USB connection that most computers offered prior to the introduction of USB Type-C (USB-C). Even after the introduction of USB Type-C, this is still quite common.
It can provide data transfer rates up to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 gbps) specification depending on the host and device, but does not directly support video in the way that USB-C Alternate Mode does. This limitation makes DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and docking stations ideal on systems that do not have USB-C, or in instances where more displays are needed beyond available video outputs of a PC.
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This type of connection comes in a couple different styles depending on whether USB 3.0 and higher transfer rates are supported (bottom graphic). Usually this type of connection is used to plug into USB devices that do not have a fixed cable connected, such as USB docking stations, USB hubs, printers, and others.
One of the first connectors for charging a smartphone, wireless game controller (such as the Sixaxis and DualShock 3), and other small devices such as external hard drives. Not commonly used today, but is still used in some cases. Most devices using USB Mini B are using USB 2.0, though a USB 3.0 variant does exist. This specification also added USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality, though it is more commonly implemented with Micro USB.
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A smaller connector that serves many of the same uses as the Mini B connector, with added optional features such as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to allow devices like smartphones to output video to larger displays without requiring a dedicated port for video output.
The larger variant of USB-B is most commonly used for external hard drives for higher 5Gbps transfer rates.
USB-C, Thunderbolt™ 3, and Thunderbolt™ 4
The most recent USB connection, USB Type-C (USB-C), represents a major change in what USB can do. The connector is smaller, can be connected in two orientations, is able to carry substantially more power and data, and can directly carry video signals of multiple types (HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.) Intel has also adapted the USB-C connector for use with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4.
It is important to note that while all Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 connections are USB-C, not all USB-C connections can be used with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 devices.
More details regarding physical USB connections can be found on Wikipedia . The graphics depicted here are adapted from Wikimedia Commons by various artists under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Self-Powered vs Bus-Powered USB Devices
While all USB ports provide some amount of power for attached devices, the available power may not be enough for certain high-current devices such as USB hubs or external hard drives. High-current devices usually come with their own power adapter, making them self-powered, in contrast to a bus-powered device that draws all of its power from the host computer's USB interface. Bus-powered devices can cause issues if they need more power than is available from the host machine.
Many of our devices that include power adapters, especially USB hubs, will function in either self-powered or bus-powered mode. However, even though the device may function, each additional device attached to the host computer reduces the total available bus power. If the power runs out, any USB device attached to the computer may suddenly disconnect. If this were to happen to a USB storage device, such an event could result in permanent data loss.
If a device comes with a power adapter, we recommend that the adapter stay connected at all times, otherwise the device may not function as designed.
Self-powered USB device - A device that takes all of its power from an external power supply
Bus-powered USB device - A device that takes all of its power from the host computer's USB interface.
Do Plugable products support the Apple SuperDrive?
Unfortunately Plugable products do not support the Apple SuperDrive.
The Apple SuperDrive has stringent power requirements that can only be met by directly connecting the SuperDrive to your host laptop. As a result at this time Apple recommends only using their USB-C adapter cables. You can find more information on that here -→ How to connect the Apple USB SuperDrive
If you have purchased a Plugable product to use with your Apple SuperDrive, and would like some additional assistance please do not hesitate to reach out. You can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to Plugable.com/Support.