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Maplin 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub

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Overview

Product overview

• Small compact design
• Backward compatible to be used with USB 2.0 devices
• High-speed 5Gbps/480Mbps data transfer rate
• Plug-n-play slim design saves desk space
• Enables "hot swapping" of all USB devices

This small compact USB 3.0 4 port hub is the ideal product to sit on your desk to help expand your USB ports. Split one USB 3.0 port in to 4 with this attractive white USB hub. It is also small enough to make it portable. A power supply is included for when you need that extra power to power up external hard drives or other devices. Plus it is backwards compatible so if you don’t have a USB 3.0 it can still be used as a USB 2.0 hub.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Plugged in 2/4 devices (a low power keyboard and a Logitech mouse adapter) it short circuited them OR overloaded and both are no longer functioning. I have plugged both devices into another computer and neither of them work anymore
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor - wish I had read previous review. Plugged in USB drives, powered up and attached to laptop. Overloaded USB in computer - all USBs stopped working, blue screen, crash. Eventually restored laptop and managed to re-set USB ports, but will be returning this and not using again.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Like so many before me I also unfortunately did not read the reviews until after I purchased this. From the moment I plugged the device into my computer I met Problems. None of the, previously tested and working devices I tried to plug in, worked. every time I tried plugging in my mouse; a re-start was required, after which it still did not work. Very poor. I will be taking this back.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't work at full speed Tested this copying files from computer to a USB 3.0 compatible stick using the USB 3.0 port on my computer with only the one USB plugged in and it was drastically slower than being plugged directly into the computer! The USB slots are also spaced way too close to each other and so you can only fit 2 USB's in the front instead of 3, unless you have tiny USB's... Really not happy with this product especially with the high price!
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I bought one of these some months back for my macbook pro, seemed fine, then one day I went to plug in my iPad as usual and it said it wasn't charging; upon investigation the power supply was working but the little chip had stopped supplying the hub -ergo, the hub was being powered by the PC. Then a few days ago I noticed when I got home and plugged th hub into an already booted Mac, there was a clicking sound over the speakers, took little notice as most times the hub just stays plugged in, so I thought maybe I hadn't noticed before. Yesterday the mac wouldn't boot fully, but kept on rebooting. In the process of trouble shooting I found out that this hub was fine if the power supply was no longer connected, but if the PSU was left plugged in the USB on the computer seemed to be finding a fault on the bus. So, I am now using it without power, so far, so good, but I bought a powered USB 3.0 hub for 1) speed and 2) the ability to take the power load off of my Macbook -it only having two USB ports {why Apple?}. Reading through the reviews it seems reasonably common that this device works fine for a while, then throws in the towel. Look elsewhere people.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor quality top keeps falling off, keeps setting itself as usb 2 device -
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works but... Had this hub a few hours now. Initially it worked only with USB2 devices, did not recognise USB3 devices as they were plugged in. Once I had powered on the computer with a USB3 device already plugged in to the hub it worked OK. All the USB sockets are up side down so I have stuck feet on the top of the hub so that it can sit on my desk up side down, making the sockets the right way up. Having now read other reviews I will not be using the power supply.
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased this yesterday from my local store to give me extra USB3 port on my Surface Pro 2. Connected it to the mains via the included PSU and currently have a keyboard, a USB 3 External HD and a fitbit sync dongle plugged into it. The HD transfer rate between the Surface's SSD and the external HD is around 100MB/s, so performance is as expected. Not sure why most of the other reviewers had had problems, but this is about as Plug & Play as you can get. Nice little hub.
Date published: 2014-11-18
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Specification

5Gbps/480Mbps data transfer rate
Supports up to 127 hi-speed devices
Backward compatible USB 1.1, 2.0 devices
System compatible: Window XP, Vista, Win 7 and Mac 10.x

I have lost the cable that connects my 4 port hub to the USB port on my machine. Am I able to buy a replacement cable and if so what should I purchase?

Asked by: Paul
This item can be found in the link below https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/maplin-white-usb-30-a-to-micro-b-cable-075m-a74xa
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-08-10

Does this Hub have Per Port Power Switching? I.e. is it possible to remove the power from a specific port by software. This is often present in the Chipset but not "wired-up" in a Product and retailers don't mention it {The old "A08QC" had it!}

Asked by: SlySven
Unfortunately this is not possible with this unit.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-06-21

Does this Hub have Per Port Power Switching? I.e. is it possible to remove the power from a specific port by software. This is often present in the Chipset but not "wired-up" in a Product and retailers don't mention it {Your "A08QC" had it!}

Asked by: SlySven
Unfortunately this is not possible with this unit.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-06-21

hi, I want to use it on raspberry pi, but it seems not work. does it need a driver ?  

Asked by: 316042496
To expand upon Dominic's answer Raspberry Pis are limited in the power they can source out of their USB ports as it is drawn from the total power that is put into the RPi via the (mini-USB) Power (no data pins connect) connection and the older models could not give much more than 100mA out of their one (Model A) or two (Model B) USB connections - later ones (Model B+ / 2B / 3B) have better power circuitry/efficiency but more then 500mA is not likely to be available and is likely to drag the internal supply rails down too far (you'll get a rainbow square in the top right of the screen on those if that is happening and that is a warning !) Bottom line: USE THE POWER ADAPTER!
Answered by: SlySven
Date published: 2017-06-21

Is there a manual for this?

Asked by: PaulD
There is no user manual available for this, One cable goes from the hub to your computer and then it will work as a USB Hub, Allowing USB devices to be plugged in
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-06-12

when using the mains adapter (I assume it is 12V?) how much power can the USB ports delivers, surely more than 500mA as reported in another answer?

Asked by: TimN
This would only give 500ma per port.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-05-18

Hi. Would this product be suitable to use with a TV that currently only has one USB port? Many thanks

Asked by: Smudge
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item with a TV, as this is not the manner for which it was designed to be used.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2016-12-31

I've moved machine around in my office and now have a 12 metre cable but the signal strength is not strong enough to run that length. As this is a powered hub will it boos the signal strength?

Asked by: Signpost
You would need an active extension cable to use USB devices at lengths over 5m, the following may work as a suitable cable; http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/usb-20-a-to-a-active-extension-cable-12m-a21qc
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-11-30
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