USB 3.0 7-Port Hub with 2 BC 1.2 Charging Ports and 36W Power Adapter
$56.00 USDSKU: USB3-HUB7C
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- Expanded Connectivity—Add up to seven USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 capable computer. Fully plug and play, devices can be hot-swapped, supports USB over-current protection. Includes 36W UL Listed US AC Wall Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz
- Universal Compatibility—Compatible with most Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. On legacy systems, the latest drivers and updates should be installed to ensure compatibility.
- Smart Design—Designed based on customer feature requests: Matte finish, rear-facing physical power button, and per-port status LEDs
- Recommended Use—Some devices such as the Apple SuperDrive look for Apple-specific signaling and will not work when connected through any USB hub. Not recommended for use with USB 3.0 PCI-e add-on cards for older Mac Pro systems
- 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
7-Port USB 3.0 Hub With Two Powerful 1.5A Charging Port
The Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 36W Power Adapter (USB3-HUB7C) expands USB connectivity by enabling up to seven USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 devices to be added to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. Supporting standard 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.
In addition to the higher-wattage power adapter, this 7-port hub also includes 2 features our customers have repeatedly requested most USB 3.0 hubs don't offer: A fingerprint-resistant matte finish, and a physical on/off power switch to control power to the hub.
7 Ports of Connectivity
On average, most computers have 3 USB ports. With so many devices we depend on daily, that's just not enough. All seven ports are lined up front-and-center for easy access, with the power connection and host USB cable facing rearward to reduce cable clutter.Per-port LED status lights on the top of the hub indicate a successful connection between the device and the host computer.
Data Sync and USB Charging
In addition to standard data transfer and sync, this hub expands on the capabilities of regular USB 3.0 hubs, providing extra power on each edge port (ports 1 and 7). It's a no-compromise solution for gaining extra USB ports and providing power to mobile devices.Standard USB 3.0 ports only provide 900mA for connected devices. The two edge ports are great for power-hungry devices, providing up to 1.5A with special charging signals that enable supporting devices to charge at a much faster rate.
Featuring the VIA VL813 USB 3.0 hub chipset updated to firmware version 9015 for maximum compatibility with almost all USB 3.0 hosts. It allows for full forward and backward compatibility between USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 hosts and devices.
The VIA Labs VL813 USB 3.0 hub chipset is a 4th generation solution which emphasizes high performance and high power efficiency.
Installation and Compatibility
The hub itself requires no driver installation, but attached devices may require drivers. Supports Microsoft Windows 11 through XP, macOS, 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 with this or any other USB hub (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
- USB Hub
- Power Supply
- USB Cable
- Quick Start Guide
|Power Adapter||UL Certified 100-240V at 50/60Hz AC Input 12V 3A (36W) DC Output|
|USB Cable||3ft (1m) USB 3.0 Type-A to Type-B|
|Power Cable||5ft (1.5m) permanently-attached DC barrel jack|
|UL Listing||File Number E303985|
In The Box
|Item and Quantity||Item Notes|
|1x Plugable USB 3.0 7-port Hub with 2 BC1.2 charging ports (USB3-HUB7C)|
|1x 36W Power Adapter|
|1x USB-A to USB-B Cable|
|1x Quick Start Guide|
|Port||Placement||Power Host / Device||Connection Type||Notes||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|Power Supply||Rear||Device||Region-specific Power Adapter||Check Compatibility Table||12.0V||3.0A||36.0W|
USB To Devices
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|5x USB-A||Front||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||5V||900mA||4.5W|
|2x USB-A||Front||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||Battery Charging 1.2||5V||1500mA||7.5W|
Connection To Host
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features|
|1x USB-A||Rear||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)|
|Port Type (Side 1)||Cable Specification||Port Type (Side 2)||Cable Length||External Power for Cable|
|1x Male USB-B (3.0)||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||1x Male USB-A||1.0m/3.0ft||No|
- Insert the power adapter into the hub and a wall outlet.
- Insert USB cable into the hub and your PC.
- The hub will be installed automatically; verify by attaching a device to 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.
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 the HUB7C support USB Fast Charging?
When used with Battery Charging 1.2 (BC 1.2) Standard compliant devices, ports 1 and 7 are able to fast charge devices at over 3x the normal USB rate (1.5 Amps vs 0.9 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, ports 1, 7, 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
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.