- Flexible design with 6 front ports and 4 rear- including two BC 1.2 Standard compliant flip-up charging ports
- USB 2.0 high-speed interface, 10 downstream ports with data rates up to 480Mbps
- 20W Power Adapter shared by the 10 ports, assumes a mix of high and low power devices
- Easy plug-and-play installation (no driver required); works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and the XBOX 360 and up.
Featuring a simple yet flexible design, the Plugable 10 Port USB 2.0 Hub provides easy expansion for any USB capable system. All upstream and downstream ports are on the front and back sides of the hub, with two rear ports minimizing desktop cable clutter. Two BC 1.2 Standard complaint ports swivel to a vertical position to allow easy insertion with one hand. Blue LED bar reports power status.
Cascaded Terminus Technology hub chips support efficient data transfers for maximum performance across all devices with minimal power draw. Supports Multiple Transaction Translators for optimum performance when a combination of USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices are attached. Low power consumption is achieved with 0.18um technology and declocking/depowering of unused ports and parts of chip not currently in use.
USB ChargingBattery charging over USB has become a standard practice but the actual charging behavior of different devices is often unpredictable and sometimes disappointing. The devices themselves decide how much current to draw and manufacturers haven’t settled on a single standard. We constantly test our products with as many different devices as possible and publish the results so it’s easy to determine the charging behavior to expect from your device on each of our USB products. These are the results for the devices we’ve tested on this charger so far.
For hubs, "Hosted" means the hub is attached to a host computer that is powered on. "Unhosted" means just the opposite, that the hub isn't attached to a host computer, or that the host computer is turned off. This doesn't apply to stand-alone chargers that only plug in to a wall outlet.
The "Estimated Charging Time" column is the minimum amount of time that the device would take to charge if it was fully drained. This is just an estimate! We provided this to give a general idea of the expected charge time. If this column is blank for a device, that means that the device indicated that it wasn't charging. In this case, even if the device is drawing power, it will likely either "tread water" keeping the battery at a constant level, or slowly lose ground.
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 2.0 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 2.0 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.
Can the hub charge iPods/iPads and other smartphones?
Apple device charging behavior varies according to both the size of the device and whether it has a “Lightning” or “30 pin” connector.
Newer Apple devices with the “Lightning” connector, when attached to the BC 1.2 Standard compliant Flip-Up ports without a host computer, can charge at up to 1.5 Amps.
Older “30 pin” iPads will only charge when the iPad is turned off. When turned on, these older iPads will report “Not Charging”. 30 pin iPods, iPads or iPhones will charge only at the standard 500mA rate.
Can devices be charged without a PC attached (or when the PC is off)?
Yes, but only the two flip up ports have “no host” BC 1.2 Standard compliant charging capability when no host PC is detected. Whenever the hub is connected to a PC, these flip up ports will function as standard USB ports.
So, to be clear:
(Yes) The two flip-up BC 1.2 Standard compliant ports are specifically designed to charge devices with no attached host computer. This happens only when the host PC isn’t active, which could be when it is asleep, shut down, or unplugged from the hub. When there is a host PC connected, these ports will function as standard USB 2.0.
(No) This applies to the other eight remaining USB ports. USB 2.0 requires device-host negotiation, before the full 500mA can be supplied. Without negotiation, the hub can and does supply some current (< 100mA), but it is not enough to charge most high-power devices.
Can the hub support 10 devices which use or charge at the full 500mA rate?
No. The hub comes with a 4 Amp AC adapter, which assumes a typical mix of high and low power USB devices will be used, consuming 400mA average. So for scenarios where the devices are known to need or use the maximum 500mA each (for example, wanting a charging station for 10 iPods), only 5 devices can be charged at the maximum rate.
On the other hand, most customers won’t hit this limit because a typical mix of peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, USB thumb drive (low power consuming devices) can be attached to all the ports without a problem.
Is the AC power adapter required?
Generally speaking, the hub and up to two to three bus-powered devices can be operated without the power supply. This will vary with the types of device you connect- keyboards and mice take little power compared to spinning an external hard drive or CD/DVD drive. The USB port on the host PC will also be a factor, because some systems can deliver only the USB standard 0.5 amps, and some can deliver more.
When the hub’s power adapter is not connected, the hub is capable of running purely from bus power (from the host PC). This takes power from one USB port and shares it with all the devices that are connected. With many devices attached, this will likely not be enough for all attached devices, causing the first few devices to work and the rest of the devices to be disconnected from the host OS (and unfortunately, which ones will fail are unpredictable based on order of device start up). We recommend always using the power adapter for best results.
If you are having trouble where devices quit working when you connect additional devices, make sure the AC power supply is connected and working by:
- Unplugging the USB cable from the hub to the PC
- Disconnecting all USB devices from the hub
- Confirm the AC power supply is connected securely to the wall and hub
- Verify the blue power LED on the top of the hub is lit when only the AC power supply is connected to the hub.
Does the power supply switch for different regions or is it tied to US voltage and frequency?
The switching power adapter with our 10 port hub supports inputs of 100-240V ~ 50/60 Hz 0.5A, making it suitable for international use. Output to the hub is 5V 4 A through a center positive coaxial barrel connector with an outside diameter of 4.7mm and inside diameter of 1.7mm and length of 9.5 mm. You will not need a power converter as long as the input is within the given ranges.
What does the blue light mean?
The blue light indicates that the hub is receiving power. To test the AC power supply, connect the hub to only the AC adapter and nothing else. The blue light should be on, if it’s not there’s something wrong — contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Is there a way to turn off the blue LED bar on the hub?
No, the LED indicates that the device is powered. Using a bit of electrical tape to cover it is recommended should it become bothersome.