Plugable USB-C Multiport Adapter (USBC-MD101)
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- 3-IN-1 EXPANSION—all via a single USB-C cable to your Mac or PC with Thunderbolt 3 or a full-featured USB-C port
- HIGH DEFINITION—Digital AV multiport adapter allows for an external HDMI monitor to stream video and multitask with support up to 4K 30Hz resolutions. No drivers required; easily plug and play on compatible systems
- HIGH SPEED DATA—The USB 3.0 port on this USB-C hub supports up to 5Gbps data transfer to quickly sync and transfer files. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and can be used to connect devices such as your flash drive, USB cable, camera, and more
- STAY POWERED—The USB-C pass-through charging port supports USB-C power adapters and can charge your laptop with up to 60W of power. Not all laptops support USB-C Power Delivery, please confirm with your laptop manufacturer
- 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
Extend and charge your laptop and tablet with the USB-C 3-IN-1 Hub
Connect your essential workstation peripherals to your laptop or tablet with a single, compact USB-C Multiport adapter. The Plugable USB-C to HDMI Multiport Adapter (USBC-MD101) is the perfect companion to connect an external HDMI monitor, USB peripherals like a flash drive, and provide power to the laptop—all through a single USB-C connection on supported systems.
Keep your laptop or tablet charged with the USB-C charging port. Supports USB-C power delivery input and can charge supported systems up to 60W.
USB-C power adapter not included. Accepts USB-C power adapters from virtually any manufacturer.
Connect your HDMI-equipped monitor, television or projector to your laptop or tablet and achieve resolutions up to 4K 30Hz (3840x2160 @ 30Hz) .
Other popular supported resolutions include 3440x1440, 2560x1440, 1920x1200, 1920x1080, and lower.
Note: This adapter will not work with DisplayPort monitors.
Connect your Devices
Equipped with one USB 3.0 (5Gbps) port so you can connect your must-have USB peripherals and storage devices to easily transfer files and keep your work in sync.
The USB 3.0 ports are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity||Item Notes|
|1x Plugable USB-C Mini Dock|
|1x Quick Start Guide|
|Port||Placement||Specification||Max Resolution and Refresh Rate||HDCP||Chipset|
|1x HDMI 4K
3440x1440 @ 60Hz3840x2160 @ 30Hz
2560x1440 @ 60Hz
2560x1080 @ 60Hz
1920x1080 @ 60Hz
1600x900 @ 60Hz
1280x1024 @ 60Hz
1280x800 @ 60Hz
1280x720 @ 60Hz
1152x864 @ 60Hz
1024x768 @ 60Hz
800x600 @ 60Hz
640x480 @ 60Hz
|Port||Placement||Connection||Max Bit Depth and Sample Rate||Signal Output||Channels||Chipset|
|Port||Placement||Power Host / Device||Connection Type||Notes||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|USB-C Power Passthrough||Front||Device||USB-C Power Delivery||Up to 20.0V||3.0A||Up to 60.0W|
|USB-C to Host||Rear||Host||USB-C Power Delivery||When Self Powered (USB-C Power Adapter is Connected)||Up to 20.0V||3.0A||Up to 60.0W|
USB To Devices
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features||Voltage||Amperage||Wattage|
|1x USB-A||Front||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||5V||900mA||4.5W|
Connection To Host
|Port||Placement||Version and Link Rate||Features|
|1x USB-C||Rear||USB 3.0 (5Gbps)||Alternate Mode Video|
|Compatible Systems||Plug and Play installation on any Chromebook/Windows/Mac/Linux hosts which support DisplayPort Alternate Mode (Alt Mode) video output functionality. Adapter has been fully tested for functionality on the MacBook Air/iMac and iMac Pro/MacBook and MacBook Pro/Google Pixelbook/Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15/Lenovo Thinkpad/HP Spectre x360/Samsung DeX-capable devices/Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Go and many other systems which support USB-C DP Alt Mode.|
|||Audio is supported on HDMI capable TVs projectors and monitors with built-in speakers.|
|Incompatible Systems||Not recommended for use with the Nintendo Switch. Most current phones and tablets with USB-C ports do not support Alt Mode video output., ASMedia USB 3.1 controllers do not support Alt Mode video output.|
|||Most motherboards with dual USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports are limited to a single Alt Mode output; only one Alt Mode adapter supported per system.|
- Connect the Plugable USB-C Multiport Adapter's USB-C cable to the host computer's USB-C or Thunderbolt™ 3 port which supports video output.
- Connect your computer's USB-C charger to the USB-C port on the Multiport Adapter.
- (Optional) Connect a USB peripheral to the USB 3.0 port.
- Connect HDMI cable between external display and the Multiport Adapter.
Note: Charging and HDMI output requires host device support for USB-C Power Delivery Charing and DisplayPort over USB-C Alternate Mode ("Alt Mode") standards.
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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.
Does the HDMI 1.4 Port Support 4K Resolution at 60Hz?
Can I Connect a DisplayPort (DP) Monitor to the HDMI Port on This Device Using an Adapter or Cable?
No, this is not possible. Please note that DisplayPort to HDMI cables (as with most cables involving protocol/signal conversion) are not bidirectional adapters, which means they only work in one direction -- from a DisplayPort output to a HDMI input.
Connecting these type of cables backwards will not allow an HDMI output port (such as those on a dock) to function with a DisplayPort input on a monitor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to Plugable.com/Support.