Plugable USB 2.0 Thin Client Full HD

The Plugable UD-160-M turns one computer into many, so a single computer can serve a whole class, family, or small office (one USB thin client required per simultaneous user). Each person gets their own display, keyboard, and mouse and completely independent login, desktop, and applications. The up-front and ongoing savings of time and money are significant — You’re only paying for one machine. Powering one. Maintaining one. Only having to upgrade one.

Students using USB Thin Clients and Microsoft Windows Multipoint Server 2011. Photo copyright Microsoft Inc


  • Enables many users to share a single computer – up to 14 thin clients for Windows; 7 for Linux
  • Connects via USB 2.0 (not via network), so it’s fully plug and play, low power, and low latency
  • Works with Windows Multipoint Server 2012, 2011, certain Linux distros such as Fedora 17 or later, or USB multiseat Linux 2011 or later
  • Requires one VGI or DVI monitor and USB keyboard and mouse for each thin client (not included)
  • Built-in connectors for DVI/VGA monitor up to 1920×1080, 3.5 mm audio for headset, and 4 powered USB ports

Required Software

Works with Windows Multipoint Server 2011 and 2012 or a supported version of multiseat Linux. Current supported versions of Linux include Featora 17, 18, 19, and 20. These operating systems automatically detect that a Plugable UD-160-M has been connected via USB 2.0, and pop up an additional login screen on the new monitor.

Windows Multipoint Server 2012 enables a new plug-in model for USB zero clients. The driver for this Plugable device (install in console mode) is available here:
WSM2012 Plugable USB Terminal Driver.

Then reboot into normal mode, and your Plugable USB terminals will all pop up fresh login screens.

Fedora 17 and 18 works out of the box for the default, standard “GNOME Desktop” build. See for more.

Required Hardware

Requires one VGI or DVI monitor and USB keyboard and mouse for each thin client (not included). Recommended hardware for server is a Core i3/i5/i7 class CPU or better and 4GB RAM or better, for 4-5 thin clients per server. Must connect with server via USB 2.0 (ethernet is not supported).

In the box

Plugable UD-160-M docking station / thin client main unit, desktop stand, USB 2.0 cable, 2.5A AC power adapter for U.S.-style electrical outlets, and DVI to VGA passive adapter.

Using the included DVI to VGA adapter


Get to know what’s inside

A useful aspect of an all-USB dock like this is the drivers for each function can be updated independently. So what are the actual chips inside your Plugable UD-160-M USB Thin Client?

  • Terminus Technology USB Hub Chip
  • DisplayLink DL-165 USB Graphics Chip
  • C-Media CM6300 USB Audio Chip (supporting the USB Audio Class 1.0 standard)
  • ASIX AX88772A USB Ethernet Chip

All of these chipsets have drivers supported by recent Linux kernel versions (kernel 3.2 and later).

Use as a Universal Laptop Docking Station

This same hardware works as a Universal Laptop Docking Station with any brand of Windows laptop / notebook. See the Plugable UD-160-A for the variation of this package designed for this scenario.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the AC power adapter for the UD-160-M work in my country?

We currently offer the product with US version plugs (Plugable UD-160-M) and UK/EU version (Plugable UD-160-MEU). The AC power adapter on both versions is able to handle a range of input voltages for most regions of the world. The adapter is rated for AC inputs of 100-240V / 50-60Hz. It outputs USB power of 5V 2.5A. So with a passive adapter (for the pins/prongs) the UD-160-A  or UD-160-AEU can be used in most/all geographies.

What do the blue LED and the green LED on the Plugable UD-160-M indicate?

The blue LED indicates that the Plugable UD-160-M is being powered by its power adapter. The green LED lights up and stays steady when a  device is connected through any of the four USB ports on the dock.


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