Plugable USB 3.0 4-Port Hub
$18.00 USDSKU: USB3-HUB4A
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- 4x USB—Compact, lightweight, and travel-ready, the usb multiport adapter adds 4x USB 3.0 ports through a single USB port. Great as a USB hub for laptop or desktop to connect a USB flash drive, keyboard, mouse, or any other legacy USB devices
- SuperSpeed USB—Multiple USB port adapter provides 4x USB 3.0 ports, each capable of transferring data at up to 5Gbps. USB port hub is designed for data. Will not charge devices
- Travel Ready—This USB hub is made to sit on a desk or travel with you in your laptop bag. Ridged plastic case is resistant to scuffs and bumps from carrying it around and it won’t scratch up your other devices when jostling in your bag
- Compatibility—Compatible with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux, USB 3 hub will pretty much work with anything with a USB port
- 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
The Plugable USB3-HUB4A might look pretty simple, and that’s because it is. Simply plug it in and sprout 4x USB 3.0 data ports. For MacBook Air. For Dell XPS. For just about anything with a USB port.
Each port can transfer data up to 5Gbps. At that speed it would only take about 21 seconds to transfer the entirety of the 1984 science fiction hit, The Last Star Fighter. So, yeah, it’s pretty fast. That means you can transfer files from a flash drive on USB port 1, connect a keyboard to port 2, a mouse in 3, and download clips from your camera on 4.
Sure, these hubs are quite handy to have on your desk, but they’re just as happy to hit the road. Lightweight and compact, the hubs are encased in black plastic with a matte finish to resist scuffs and scratches. The plastic carapace also helps to avoid damaging the other gadgets in your bag. It is worth mentioning, however, that the hub is only designed for data. This USB port expander will not charge.
Plug it in and go. No driver downloads required.
Super Speed USB
This data hub transfers data at up to 5Gbps.
Small and durable with an integrated 15cm flexible cord, this hub is handy to have on your desk, but it’s just as happy to hit the road.
Compatible with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux systems with a USB port. Designed for data, this device doesn’t charge.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity||Item Notes|
|1x USB-A 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub|
|1x Quick Start Guide|
USB To Devices
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|4x USB-A||Front||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||5V||900mA||4.5W|
Connection To Host
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features|
|1x USB-A||Side||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)|
|Port Type (Side 1)||Cable Specification||Port Type (Side 2)||Cable Length||External Power for Cable|
|1x Male USB-A||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||0.15m/0.5ft||No|
Supports Microsoft Windows XP through 11, macOS, and Linux kernels 3.0 and later
- Not recommended for use with older Texas Instruments, Fresco Logic, Etron, or Wistron USB 3.0 host controllers
- Apple SuperDrive is not compatible. Older MacBook Pros with USB 3.0 PCI Express add-on cards may not work with this or any USB 3.0 hub
- 2.4GHz wireless devices such as wireless keyboard/mouse receivers, Bluetooth and WiFi adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs. Connecting wireless devices to a USB 2.0 port is recommended for best results
As a bus-powered hub, the power is provided by the host computer's USB port and shared by all USB devices connected to the hub. (900mA total when attached to USB 3.0 systems, 500mA total on USB 2.0). The hub functions as a USB hub only and there is no special functionality for charging an iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone devices.
- Connect the Plugable 4-Port Hub to a USB 3.0 port on your system
- Connect USB devices to available ports on the hub
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I use this hub with a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter?
Yes, you can use this USB hub with an adapter. However, we do also have two different versions of this Hub so that you can get a version that best suits your needs.
Can I charge my phone or tablet with this USB Hub?
Please note that this USB hub pulls power from the host computer that it is connected to. The Hub acts as a splitter to share the USB data connection with multiple devices.
We do not recommend the use of this USB hub with devices that draw a large amount of power like USB hard drives or charging mobile devices.
Will this work when connected to my Smart TV or Car?
Does this USB 3.0 hub require drivers or a software download?
There are no drivers to be installed for the USB hub to function. However, individual devices connected through the USB hub may require the installation of drivers or support software.
Like most USB hubs, this device utilizes the internal capability of a computer to access USB devices. Most computer OS distributions have some sort of support drivers built in for handling this type of USB hub automatically.
What are the recommended use-cases for this device?
People who will find this device most useful are those who require the connection of USB 3.0 devices such as a keyboard, mouse, thumb drive, or webcam.
Particularly for laptop users this device can help extend the limited amount of USB ports that typical modern laptops have. The compact form factor of this USB hub also makes it highly portable and ideal for business trips or working on the go.