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

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  • 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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$71.99USD

In stock: US: 74 | CA: 10

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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

Partner Numbers

  • Tech Data 12148609
  • ASI 184070
  • D&H HB30C3A1GE
  • Ingram Micro USA 4E8894
  • SYNNEX US STA-HB30C3A1GE
  • UPC 065030864206

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • Chrome OS logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15
Chrome OS™
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Auto-Negotiation Yes
Connector(s) 3 - Connector Type(s) USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
1 - Connector Type(s) RJ-45
USB Type-C (24 pin) USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 70°C (14°F to 158°F)
Humidity 0%~85% RH (Non-condensing)
Hardware USB-C Device Port(s) No
USB-C Host Connection Yes
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Ports 3
Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type USB 3.0
Interface RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
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
Chipset ID Genesys Logic - GL3522
ASIX - AX88179
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators Link
Activity
Packaging Information Package Height 2.1 in [53 mm]
Package Length 8.7 in [22 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 12.0 oz [340 g]
Package Width 6.0 in [15.2 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
2 Gbps (Ethernet; Full-Duplex)
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Flow Control Full duplex flow control
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
Jumbo Frame Support 4K max.
Physical Characteristics Form Factor Compact
Weight of Product 1.8 oz [50 g]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Cable Length 11.8 in [30 cm]
Product Length 3.4 in [87 mm]
Product Width 1.8 in [45 mm]
Product Height 0.6 in [14 mm]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 0.5 A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Output Current 2 A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type H
Power Consumption (In Watts) 10
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15
Chrome OS™
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available USB Type-C port - USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
Note The hub does not support DisplayPort Alt Mode, or USB Power Delivery
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package 3-port USB 3.0 hub plus GbE
universal power adapter (NA/JP, EU, UK, ANZ)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

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.

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.

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. 

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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.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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