USB 3.0 7-Port Charging Hub with 60W Power Adapter
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- FULL DATA AND POWER—Plugable's flagship USB 3.0 7-Port SuperSpeed Hub. Includes our most robust power adapter ever, capable of a massive 60 watts at 12V 5A.
- USB 3.0 CONNECTIVITY—Expand USB connectivity by connecting 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-plugged, supports USB over-current protection. Compatible with most Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, and Linux / Unix systems
- UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY—Microsoft Windows systems should install latest manufacturer USB 3.0 host controller drivers and Windows Updates. Apple Mac OS X and Linux / Unix systems require latest operating system updates for best compatibility. Apple notes: Some devices such as the Apple SuperDrive look for Apple-specific signaling and will not work when connected through any USB hub
- USB COMPATIBILLITY—Supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps). Transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent. Backwards compatible with all USB 2.0/1.1 devices and hosts. All 7 ports on one side to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessibility. Compact and stackable design
Plugable's Most Powerful USB 3.0 Hub with BC 1.2 Charging on All Ports
The Plugable USB3-HUB7BC expands USB connectivity by enabling up to seven USB 3.0 or 2.0 devices to be added to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. 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 external hard drives, flash drives, and USB graphics adapters.
A port for everything
Most computers have an average of only 4-6 USB ports. With so many devices we depend on daily, that's just not enough. All seven ports are lined up front and center to allow easy insertion of devices with the power and host USB cable coming out the rear to reduce cable clutter.
Technical specifications & compatibility
The HUB7BC features two internal VIA Labs VL811+ USB 3.0 hub chipsets with the latest 9095 firmware for maximum forward and backwards compatibility between nearly all USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 hosts and devices.
The VIA Lab’s VL811+ is an advanced USB 3.0 Hub controller featuring low power consumption, comprehensive USB charging support, and supports USB power management, allowing for improved power-efficient operation.
Included with the HUB7BC is a robust 60W (12V, 5A) UL certified power adapter with a removable 6 foot power cable (standard IEC320 C7) that fits US, Canadian, and Japanese AC wall outlets. In addition the power supply supports 100-240V at 50/60Hz. With an AC outlet adapter (not included) it can be used worldwide. Also included is a 3 foot/1m USB 3.0 A to B cable to connect the hub to the host computer.
- The hub itself requires no driver installation (although individual devices may require drivers). Supports Microsoft Windows 10 through XP, Mac OS X, 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 (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
|Item and Quantity||Item Notes|
|1x Plugable USB 3.0 7-port charging Hub (USB3-HUB7BC)|
|1x 60W 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||5.0A||60.0W|
USB To Devices
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|7x 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|
After you connect the hub to your computer by USB cable, the hub will be installed automatically. There is no driver pop-up for the hub itself, only for downstream devices connected through the hub. To verify installation, use a simple device like a USB mouse or flash drive connected through the hub. The hub can be used for charging without an attached PC.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.