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3-Port USB-C Hub with Gigabit Ethernet - USB-C to 3x USB-A - USB 3.0 - Includes Power Adapter

Turn a USB Type-C port on your laptop into three USB Type-A ports (5Gbps) and one Gigabit Ethernet port

Product ID: HB30C3A1GE

  • TAA Compliant
  • Expand your laptop’s connectivity through USB-C by adding three USB-A ports (5Gbps) and a GbE RJ45 port
  • Compact, small-footprint design makes it perfect for travel, or for desktop placement
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  • Built-in, extended length (30 cm) USB Type-C cable, for flexible desk placement options
  • Included power adapter ensures your connected devices are fully powered and operational
  • Integrated cable features a small and reversible USB-C connector, and it’s Thunderbolt 3 data port compatible
  • Fast, easy installation with native support in most operating systems
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN, Energy-Efficient Ethernet, jumbo frames, full duplex flow control, VLAN tagging, and layer 2 priority encoding
  • Backward compatible, for use with your older USB 3.0 and 2.0 devices
  • Dongle-style combination hub provides three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) ports, with throughput support up to 5Gbps
  • Plug-and-play and hot-swap compatible
€ 77,99 EUR exc VAT
€ 94,37 EUR inc VAT

Overview

If you have a USB-C™ equipped laptop, but lack other important connection ports, then this hub can help. It couples your USB peripheral and RJ45 network connections into a single, convenient combination hub. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1.

Photo showing the hub's USB and Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as the hub being connected to a laptop's USB C port

Through the USB-C host connector, this hub gives you three traditional USB-A ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet connection, making it a must-have laptop accessory. Plus, the integrated 30 cm (12 in.) cable lets you place the hub, your devices, and your network connection, exactly where you need them.

It's ideal for virtually any USB-C equipped laptop, such as Dell™ XPS,  MacBook Pro, Chromebook Pixel™, or other MacOS or Windows based laptop or tablet.

Take advantage of USB-C

This dynamic USB 3.0 hub is TAA compliant and integrates an easy-to-use USB Type-C™ connector. It’s small and reversible, which makes for easier insertions, and you can connect the plug with either side facing up, which means less risk of damaging your ports and less frustration.

While your USB-C equipped laptop, or MacBook is lightweight and portable, it might be missing vital connectivity ports, such as wired Internet. Because this hub offers a Gigabit Ethernet port, you can connect to a network in locations were Wi-Fi® is unreliable or unavailable.

Compact design for portability or permanent placement

With a small footprint and lightweight housing, you can easily tuck the hub and the included power adapter into your laptop bag to expand your connectivity when you’re traveling.

Plus, the compact USB 3.0 hub takes up minimal space on a desk, so it fits perfectly in office, hot-desk (short-term guest), and BYOD workstation environments.

Extended-length cable eliminates aggravation

The hub’s built-in USB cable is long enough to reach your laptop or tablet’s USB 3.0 port, regardless of where the port is located. Now, you can eliminate the worry and frustration when your hub’s built-in cable is too short and doesn’t reach your laptop’s USB port location.

Plus, the extended-length cable provides you with more desk placement options, which makes it easier to create a comfortable, space-efficient work area.

Save money and time

This easy-to-use hub is natively supported in most operating systems, and you can install it quickly, without having to install additional drivers or software. You can also avoid the nuisance and cost of purchasing new devices, by using the USB 3.0 hub with your current USB 2.0 and 1.x devices.

The HB30C3A1GE is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Avoid having to use multiple adapters, and use this multiport hub to connect both USB peripherals and a network device to your USB-C equipped laptop, tablet, Chromebook, Ultrabook™ or MacBook

Add wired Internet connectivity to a computer in settings where Wi-Fi® isn’t available

Flexible hub placement options with an extended-length cable, so you can connect a wide variety of peripherals at home or in the office

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 3.0
Chipset ID Genesys Logic - GL3522
ASIX - AX88179
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Industry Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
IEEE 802.3az Energy-Efficient Ethernet, IEEE 802.3x Flow Control, 802.1q VLAN Tagging, 802.1p Layer 2 Priority Encoding
USB 3.0 - Backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
Interface USB 3.0
RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
Ports 3
USB-C Device Port(s) No
USB-C Host Connection Yes
Performance
Auto MDIX Yes
Auto-Negotiation Yes
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Flow Control Full duplex flow control
Full Duplex Support Yes
Jumbo Frame Support 4K max.
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 3 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
1 - RJ-45 Female
1 - USB Type-C (24 pin) USB 3.0 Male
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
Chrome OS™
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Special Notes / Requirements
Note The hub does not support DisplayPort Alt Mode, or USB Power Delivery
System and Cable Requirements Available USB Type-C port - USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Link
1 - Activity
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 0.5 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 2 A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Plug Type H
Power Consumption (In Watts) 10
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 0%~85% RH (Non-condensing)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 70°C (14°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 300 mm [11.8 in]
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Form Factor Compact
Product Height 14 mm [0.6 in]
Product Length 87 mm [3.4 in]
Product Weight 50 g [1.8 oz]
Product Width 45 mm [1.8 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 337 g [11.9 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 3-port USB 3.0 hub plus GbE
1 - universal power adapter (NA/JP, EU, UK, ANZ)

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
Chrome OS™
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

It is possible to use some USB hubs without a power supply, however, doing so may prevent the USB hub or certain high-power USB peripherals from operating.  It is always recommended to use an included power supply with a USB hub when possible.

When a power adapter is not used on a hub that comes with a power adapter, power is drawn from the USB port on the computer and then divided between the ports on the hub. This reduces the power delivery to individual ports and high-powered USB peripherals, such as external hard drives, may not start.

On USB hubs that can use a power adapter, more power can be supplied to USB ports than what is possible with a single USB port.

If your USB peripherals require power adapters, they probably do not require power from the USB port and can be used on a USB hub without a power adapter. With USB peripherals that use power adapters, the USB ports on the hub are only used for data transfer and do not draw power from the hub.

USB peripherals that require low power (for example, keyboards and mice) can be used on hubs without a power adapter, in conjunction with other low-power USB peripherals. In this case, power is drawn from the computer's USB port, as described above.

USB-C is a type of USB connector that is capable of supporting the following:

  • Data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, if you use USB 3.1.
  • Bi-directional power delivery up to 100W, if both the USB host connection and the device support it.
  • Alternate modes, which deliver different types of data at different speeds. For example, DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP Alt Mode).

If using Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, the connection is capable of additional features. For example, Thunderbolt 3 is capable of 40Gbps of total bandwidth. For more information, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/thunderbolt-3-port-capabilities.

Not all USB-C ports or devices are capable of supporting all of the features listed above, or all of the features at the maximum capabilities. If you require a specific USB-C feature, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support the feature that you require. For more information about whether your components support specific USB-C features, refer to the information provided by the manufacturers. 

How to

StarTech.com does not support a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) as this requires third-party software. However, our devices can be used as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. The BIOS must support PXE.
  2. The BIOS must see the card.
  3. The environment must have drivers for the chipset used in the card.
  4. If using a USB networking card, the environment must have support for USB devices as well.

Troubleshooting

Sometimes an on-board network interface card (NIC) conflicts with a new NIC.  In these cases it is best to disable the on-board NIC.

The best way to disable your on-board NIC is to go into your BIOS and disable it there if possible.  To do this, consult your motherboard manual.

You can also disable any NIC in Windows.  Here is how you do this:

First click Start, or, in Windows 10 and 8, hold down the Windows key and press X.  Then click Control Panel.

Windows 10

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 8

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 7

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Manage network connections.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows XP

  1. Click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

If you are experiencing speed or connectivity issues, it is best to set a specific speed at half or full duplex in your settings.  You can set your network adapter to perform at a certain speed, but the device that the adapter is connected to (whether it is a router, switch, or computer) must also be able to perform at the same speed.

Note: You must log in as the local administrator before you continue.

To open Device Manager:

  • Press Windows key + R.
  • Type devmgmt.msc.
  • Click OK.
  1. Open the Networking adapters section.
  2. Right-click the network adapter that you want to change and select Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Scroll down to Speed & Duplex. By default, it is set to Auto-Negotiate. Select any of the speeds that you see in the list.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer.

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.