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2 Port ExpressCard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter with UASP Support

Add two USB 3.0 ports to your laptop through an ExpressCard slot

Product ID: ECUSB3S2

2.5 stars (2 reviews) |
  • Fully compliant with USB 3.0 rev 1.0 specifications and Intel xHCI rev 0.96 specifications, with transfer rates up to 5Gbps
  • UASP support for more efficient data transfer
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1/1.0 devices

The ECUSB3S2 ExpressCard USB 3.0 Adapter lets you add two USB 3.0 ports to your laptop through a 34mm ExpressCard slot.

Enhanced with UASP support (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), this USB 3.0 controller performs up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0 when paired with a UASP supported enclosure (Note: UASP requires a compatible operating system). Using a more efficient protocol than the traditional USB BOT (Bulk-Only Transport), UASP technology optimizes transfers by allowing multiple commands to be processed simultaneously, significantly increasing transfer speeds for less wait time on data transfers. See our UASP test results below for further details.

Featuring a native NEC host controller chipset, the USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapter is compliant with USB 3.0 standards for data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, while still offering backward compatibility with existing USB 2.0 / 1.1 devices.

Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Improved Performance with UASP

UASP is supported in Windows® 8, Server 2012 and Linux kernel 2.6.3 or later. In testing UASP performed with up to a 70% faster read / 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance.

UASP Speed Diagram

At the same peak in testing, UASP also showed up to an 80% reduction in required processor resources.

UASP Speed Diagram

Test results were obtained using an Intel® Ivy Bridge system, StarTech.com add-on USB 3.0 cards, a UASP-enabled StarTech.com enclosure, and a SATA III solid state drive.

Applications

  • Update an older laptop by adding USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Connect additional external hard drives, CD/DVD drives, MP3 players, printers, scanners, webcams, game controllers, digital cameras, etc. to a computer system through the USB 3.0 ports the adapter provides

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity at up to 5Gbps on any ExpressCard enabled PC
  • Small form factor that fits in 34mm and 54mm ExpressCard slots for versatility and portability
  • Time-saving file transfers, up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-supported enclosure

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030837132

Compatibility

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  • Linux logo
  • Windows 10 logo
Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64)
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2003
Linux 2.6 and later (tested up to 3.5)

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - ExpressCard (34mm)
External Ports 2 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature -0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity 0~85% RH
Hardware Ports 2
Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type ExpressCard
Card Type 34mm ExpressCard
Chipset ID Renesas/NEC - µPD720200
Packaging Information Package Length 5.9 in [14.9 cm]
Package Width 0.9 in [2.4 cm]
Package Height 4.8 in [123 mm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.3 lb [0.1 kg]
Performance Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Product Length 4.5 in [11.5 cm]
Product Width 1.3 in [34 mm]
Product Height 0.8 in [2.1 cm]
Weight of Product 1.6 oz [45 g]
Power Power Source Not Included (not required for standard applications)
Output Voltage 5 DC
Output Current 2A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type H
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64)
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2003
Linux 2.6 and later (tested up to 3.5)
Special Notes / Requirements Note Due to the power limitations of the ExpressCard interface this adapter cannot supply 900mA of current to both ports. Some devices like External 2.5” Hard Drives may require an additional power adapter.

The maximum throughput of this card is limited by the bus interface. If used with ExpressCard Gen 1.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 2.5 Gbps. If used with ExpressCard Gen 2.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 5 Gbps.
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB 3.0 ExpressCard
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

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.

When you troubleshoot issues with a USB controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • USB cables

  • USB devices

  • USB controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the USB cable, device, and controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different USB cable, device, and controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the USB device and controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  4. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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5VDC Power Supply Required

By: KC89 - 03/14/2014
The card requires a 5VDC external power supply which should be offered with the unit as an option. Most devices plugged into this unit require this.
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works ok, but finicky functionally

By: alex - 02/27/2016
the main limitation is one of the expresscard port. it is very hard to plug\unplug one drive at a time due to the catch of the card being less strong than the catch of the usb ports. since expressport also has the press to popout feature I tend to pop the card out accidently while pushing in the usb cord. as noted by another this will not supply power to smaller drives without an external 5v power supply. a bit annoying that it doesn't have one, but since two of my usb3 drives are self powered not a deal killer for me
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