Plugable USB 3.0 10-Port Hub with 50W Power Adapter
$72.00 USDSKU: USB3-HUB10C2
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- Expandable—Connect everything USB with this 10 port USB Hub. Connect up to ten USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 capable computer. Two flip-up USB 3.0 ports. Robust 12 volt 4 amp 48 watt power supply included. (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz)
- Compatible—Compatible with most Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, and Linux / Unix systems. Fully plug and play, devices can be hot-plugged, supports USB over-current protection
- Performance—Supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps). Transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent. Backwards compatible with all USB 2.0/1.1 devices and hosts. Powerful 12V 4A 48W UL certified laptop-style power adapter with 6+ foot cable.
- Design—Master blue power LED. Sleek piano black glossy finish. Six ports in front and four rear ports to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessability. Two of the rear ports flip-up to a vertical position to allow for easy access and insertion of USB flash drives and other devices with one hand.
- 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's Flagship USB 3.0 Hub for Maximum USB Expansion
The Plugable USB3-HUB10C2 expands USB connectivity by enabling up to ten USB 3.0 or 2.0 devices to be added to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. The hub supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps) to allow data to move quickly between devices, ideal for high-throughput devices such as USB external hard drives, flash drives, and USB graphics adapters.
A port for everything
Most computers have an average of only 4-6 USB ports. With so many devices we depend on daily, that's just not enough. With USB ports on both the front and the rear, along with two flip-up ports that swivel to a vertical position to allow easy insertion of devices, this hub is perfect for minimizing desktop cable clutter.
USB has become more than a way of connecting devices to a computer with plug and play ease and high performance, it has also become the method of choice to power and charge a huge range of portable battery-powered devices like cell phones, tablets, USB battery packs, handheld game consoles, e-readers, e-cigarettes, cameras, smart watches, fitness trackers, bicycle lights, and many more.
Technical specifications & compatibility
The HUB10C2 features three internal VIA Labs VL812 B2 USB 3.0 hub chipsets with the latest 9091 & 9095 firmwares for maximum forward and backwards compatibility between nearly all USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 hosts and devices.
The VIA Labs VL812 B2 USB 3.0 hub chipset is a 3rd generation solution which emphasizes high performance and high power efficiency.
Included with the HUB10C2 is a robust 48W (12V, 4A) UL certified power adapter with a removable 6 foot power cable (standard IEC320 C13) that fits US, Canadian, and Japanese AC wall outlets. In addition the power supply supports 100-240V at 50/60Hz. With an AC outlet adapter (not included) it can be used worldwide. Also included is a 3 foot/1m USB 3.0 A to B cable to connect the hub to the host computer.
- The hub itself requires no driver installation (although individual devices may require drivers). Supports Microsoft Windows 11 through XP, Mac OS X, and Linux kernels 3.0 and later.
- Installing latest USB 3.0 xHCI host controller drivers is recommended. This hub is not recommended for use with older Texas Instruments, Fresco Logic, Etron, or Wistron USB 3.0 host controllers.
- Older Mac Pros with USB 3.0 PCI Express add-on cards may not work with this or any USB 3.0 hub.
- The Apple SuperDrive is not compatible (see Apple HT201788).
- 2.4Ghz wireless devices such as keyboard/mouse receivers, Bluetooth and WiFi adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity
|1x Plugable USB 10-port Hub (USB3-HUB10C2)
|1x USB Mini-B to USB-A Cable
|1x 48W Power Adapter
|Port Type (Side 1)
|Port Type (Side 2)
|External Power for Cable
|1x Male USB-B (3.0)
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|1x Male USB Mini-B
|Power Host / Device
|Region-specific Power Adapter
|Check Compatibility Table
USB To Devices
|Version and Link Rate
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|Battery Charging 1.2
Connection To Host
|Version and Link Rate
|USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
|Size (H x W x D) or Length
|SKU or Part Number
|USB 3.0 10-Port Hub
|2.2 x 15 x 7.5 centimeters
0.9 x 5.9 x 3 inches
- Insert the power adapter into the hub and a wall outlet.
- Insert the USB cable into the hub and your PC.
- The hub will be installed automatically. Verify by attaching a device to the hub.
Note: If the unit does not power on check the switch located on the back of the unit, its position should be set to the right to indicate Power On.
With the introduction of the USB Battery Charging 1.2 (BC 1.2) specification, compliant devices can charge and sync simultaneously on this hub. With the robust 48W power supply, the two flip-up charging ports can both charge a device at once (up to 9.6A total). Devices determine whether and how fast to charge. The BC 1.2 charging standard which facilitates faster charging is relatively new, and to many existing and older devices (such as older Apple and Android devices) charge via proprietary signaling. For this reason, charging behavior is device dependent.
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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.
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.
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.
Will this Hub support USB Fast Charging?
When used with Battery Charging 1.2 (BC 1.2) Standard compliant devices, the two flip-up ports are able to fast charge devices at at over 3x the normal USB rate (1.5 Amps vs 0.5 Amps) without a computer attached. Actual charging rates are device-dependent and will vary by device, so check the charging rate chart below for information on your specific device.
When used with non-BC 1.2 Standard compliant devices, or when a host PC is attached, the flip up ports and all other ports function as a standard USB hub. In this mode, devices will behave as they would when connected directly to a PC, and may or may not charge. For example, older Apple devices with a 30-pin connector are *not* BC 1.2 Standard compliant, and will only charge when the devices are powered off.
Is this hub a good match for my Raspberry Pi?
What do the blue LED lights indicate?
There is a blue led for each of the downstream USB ports on the hub. The LEDs turn on when a USB device is connected and recognized by the operating system. These lights may turn off even though a device is connected when the host computer operating system puts the device to sleep to conserve power. There is no master light to indicate the hub is receiving power.
Why does my wireless mouse or keyboard appear sluggish or not work properly when used with the hub?
Most USB receivers for wireless mice and keyboards operate in the 2.4Ghz band. When connecting the receiver to any USB 3.0 port there is potential for interference that can affect the devices performance. The most effective method is to add a short USB 2.0 extension cable between the hub and the receiver to mitigate the effect, and many wireless keyboards and mice come with such a cable for this reason.
My External hard drives disconnect randomly or when I sleep/wake my Mac causing an improper drive eject error message.
Hard Drive Updates:
- Check for and update external hard drive firmware if available.
- For Intel based Macs, perform an SMC and PRAM/NVRAM reset SMC.:
- Perform an SMC reset: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295
- Perform an NVRAM/PRAM reset: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063
- Disable Power Nap on Mac (in power settings, disable for when connected to AC power and battery if the customer uses the hub while also on battery power).
- If possible, test the USB hub and hard drives with a Windows PC to see if the issue persists there as well.
If this issue persists, if possible we have a tool that automates collecting a set of log files from your system. You can download the PlugDebug tool and learn how to use it by clicking on this link:
Ensure that you have the USB Hub connected to the computer when the PlugDebug application is run. Then send us a copy of the log files to Support@Plugable.com
Some or all of the USB ports are not working on my Hub.
If your USB Hub is having issues with some USB ports not connecting to the host computer, there are a few steps that you should try to resolve this issue.
Full power cycle reset:
- Disconnect the power supply, USB Host cable, and all devices from the USB Hub.
- Leave the USB Hub disconnected for 30-60 seconds.
- Reconnect the USB Hub’s power first.
- Connect the USB into the host, then plug USB devices back into the hub.
If this issue persists, if possible we have a tool that automates collecting a set of log files from your system. You can go here download the PlugDebug tool and learn how to use it.
Ensure that you have the USB Hub connected to the computer when the PlugDebug application is run. Then send us a copy of the log files to firstname.lastname@example.org
Problems With USB3-HUB10C2 Not Powering On
In the event that you find the hub not powering on after the power adapter has been connected it may be due to the power switch being turned off. On the back of the USB3-HUB10C2 there is a physical switch that can be toggled Left for Power Off and Right for Power On.
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 email@example.com, or going to Plugable.com/Support.