Plugable Rotating 4-Port USB 3.0 Portable Bus Powered Hub

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Features

  • 4-port USB 3.0 bus powered hub (powered from USB port, no external power adapter)
  • Unique 180 degree rotating USB connector to connect to host computer
  • Compatible with most Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, macOS, Linux (kernels 3.0 and later), and Unix systems
  • Fully plug and play, no drivers required (individual devices / USB 3.0 host controller may require drivers), devices can be hot-plugged
  • Features single VIA VL813 hub chipset with the latest v9011 firmware for maximum compatibility and performance with most USB 3.0 host controllers
  • Silver aluminum finish with three front facing ports and one side port. Hub can rotate 180 degrees to best fit where the hub is plugged in
  • USB over-current protection supporting up to 900mA per port (limited to maximum USB bus power available from host computer)
  • Supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps – transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent)
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices (rates up to 480Mbps), and USB 1.1 Full/Low Speed devices (rates 12/1.5 Mbps)

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Product Description

The Plugable USB3-HUB4R is a portable, bus-powered USB 3.0 hub (VIA VL-813 chipset) that enables connecting four low-power USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” devices on a single USB 3.0 port. The USB3-HUB4R features a unique 180 degree rotating USB connector to allow convenient placement on a variety of host computers like desktops, laptops, or tablets.

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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 hard drives, flash drives, and USB video adapters.

Compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows systems should install latest manufacturer USB 3.0 host controller drivers and Windows Updates for best results. Apple macOS and Linux / Unix systems require latest operating system updates for best compatibility.
  • Not recommended for use with older Texas Instruments, Fresco Logic, Etron, or Wistron USB 3.0 host controllers.
  • This hub is not a standalone charger and will not charge phones or tablets as it has no special charging functionality for charging an iPad, iPhone, or other tablet and smartphone devices with or without a PC connected. It is not BC 1.1 / 1.2 compatible.
  • Some devices such as the Apple SuperDrive look for Apple-specific signaling and will not work when connected through any USB hub.
  • We do not recommended this hub for use with USB 3.0 PCI-e add-on cards for older Apple Mac Pro systems because of limitations in their software support for USB 3.0 hubs.
  • 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.

FAQ

Q: Some ports have stopped working, but the other ports work fine.
A: Fully unplug all USB devices from the hub and then hub from the host computer. Then reconnect the hub first and USB devices last. If that does not resolve the issue, please contact our support.

Q: Do I need a firmware update for my hub?
A: This hub is shipped with up-to-date (9011) firmware from VIA. If firmware updates are available in the future, we will post them on our firmware update page here.

Q: Is an AC power adapter required?
A: No. This hub is powered completely from the host computer USB port.

Q: What does the blue light mean?
A: The blue light indicates the hub is receiving power from the host computer USB port. The blue light should be on, if it’s not there’s something wrong — contact us at support@plugable.com for assistance.

Q: Since this hub is not designed to charge devices like my phone and tablet, is there a hub that can?
A: Yes! We have 7-port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Charging Hub with 60W Power Adapter that supports BC 1.2 CDP, DCP/Android, Apple 1A, Apple 2A, Apple 2.4A, and Samsung 2.4A charging signals. Click here for more information on the USB3-HUB7BC.

Q: Can the hub support 4 devices which use the full 900mA current allowed by the USB 3.0 power specification?
A: Technically no, this hub is limited to the total power available from the host computer USB port.

Q: Is this hub a good match for my Raspberry Pi?
A: Because the Raspberry Pi is a USB 2.0 device and can’t take advantage of USB 3.0 functionality as well as mixed results from users, we do not recommend this hub for use the Raspberry Pi. The hub we do recommend is our 7 port USB 2.0 hub

Here’s a link with more details: A USB Hub that Works Well with the Raspberry Pi.

In The Box

USB 3.0 4-port bus powered hub and quick start guide.