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6 thoughts on “Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub with 3A Power Adapter

  1. Brian Marshall says:
    64 of 65 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s a hub., October 25, 2010
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    Brian Marshall (Seattle, WA) –

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    This review is from: Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub with 3A Power Adapter (Electronics)

    The job of a hub is to connect your devices together transparently. Which leads to only two questions: Does it work, and does it look good on my desk?

    As for looks, it’s not bad. 5 plugs on the side (2 & 3), and two under the top cover. The middle strip contains LEDs which light up blue for each active port, and one red LED at the top. A “plugs in the back” model might be slightly prettier, but I’ve got one of those for another machine and they up being very wide. I like the smaller footprint of this one.

    I plugged in the hub, plugged in the power supply (a more than ample 3A, which is excellent), and connected mouse, keyboard, webcam, phone headset and cable for a USB pedometer. I then promptly forgot about the hub. Soon I realize I was making a telephone call over USB while uploading the weekend’s walk data, and everything was humming along nicely. No issues, no driver hassles. Just what I was from a hub. It’s there, and besides now having 7 more USB ports, my computer is the same as before. That’s what an excellent hub should do

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  2. J. Kurz "J. Q. Public" says:
    62 of 64 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Powerful USB HUB will power 7 power hungry devices., November 10, 2010
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    J. Kurz “J. Q. Public” (Florida) –
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    This review is from: Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub with 3A Power Adapter (Electronics)

    Plugable 7-Port High Performance USB HUB:

    Packaging: This unit comes in an EASY-TO-OPEN package. It is not one of those clam-shells that require scissors or a knife to open. Goes from the Amazon box to package open and ready to use in less than 30 seconds. This is a bonus in my book because I dislike having to open a clam-shell with a knife or scissors, it is frustrating.

    Power Supply and USB cable: The power supply is a HEFTY 3A output. It will power all 7 ports at 428mA each or 6 at 500mA each. (500mA is the max any one USB device may draw.) This is important as I have blown out 5 USB hubs since January due to a lack of power to the hubs. On lesser hubs, if you hook up too many power-hungry devices it will actually destroy the controller inside and that renders the hub useless after that. If you have ever done that, you know how infuriating it can be.

    Power cable is 54″ long. USB cable included is 38″ long and is standard male USB on one end that plugs into your computer and male USB mini on the end the plugs into the HUB. Power adapter block is 3″x 1-5/8″ and requires two or three outlets as it sits longways instead of sideways like so many power adapters. Presumably to have that much power output it needs to have the larger adapter. You can get a “Power Strip Liberator” 5 POWER STRIP ADAPTERS LIBERATORS from Amazon to free up the outlets on your power strip.

    USB HUB Unit: Unit is HIGH-GLOSS black, quite attractive. It has a clear, sliding cover that hides two USB ports. Under the clear, plastic cover is also a strip of lights. One red LED indicates power is on. Seven (7) blue LED’s indicate which ports are in use. The lights are attractive to me, but you could put black tape over them if they bother you at all. There are three USB ports on the left side, as you face the unit, and two on the right side. Also on the right side is the power supply jack and the USB IN from computer jack.

    Unit Weighs: 97.4g; Measures: 3″ wide by 4.5″ tall by 1″ thick.

    Device has 4 teeny, tiny, rubber feet on the bottom. They don’t really do a lot to keep it from sliding around. However, I ALWAYS mount my USB hubs on the side of my desk using Scotch Heavy Duty Clear Mounting Tape. 3M Scotch 4010 Heavy Duty Clear Mounting Tape That takes care of any sliding around or items falling off the desk due to an unrestrained HUB. I highly recommend mounting all equipment, but mounting any USB HUB is a necessity, in my book.

    Now for testing the power. I plugged in the following power-hungry devices in an attempt to blow this unit out.
    Two (2) 2.5″ USB External Hard Disk Drives, which get their power from the hub.
    I also attached a Canon CanoScan scanner, which also gets its power from the hub.
    In addition, I attached my iPhone charger/data cable and charged my phone.
    I charged a portable media player at the same time as transferring data.
    As well, I added some low power items to fill up all of the 7 ports.

    No problems whatsoever. The same equipment plugged into lesser hubs caused the internal controller to fail and rendered those hubs a tiny brick suitable for throwing against a wall. This Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub with 3A Power Adapter handled everything I could throw at it. Everything that caused other hubs to fail was no problem for this Plugable 7-port unit.

    This hub has everything it takes to power 7 devices. If you are looking for a HIGH-PERFORMANCE HUB that will power 7 of your power-hungry devices, look no further. If all you are looking for is a dependable hub with which to use a flash drive or two, this HUB will not let you down. If you have ever killed a USB hub before, you know how frustrating it can be. I can say without reservation that this unit will not be killed by too many power-hungry devices. Power-Users will really appreciate the extra power the 3A power adapter brings to this unit. The side ports are well-arranged and the two ports on the front with the sliding cover are a great place to plug in your flash drives while leaving the other 5 ports attached to your equipment.

    I would highly recommend this USB HUB to anyone. Power-users will rejoice in the extra power. Average users will enjoy the design, functionality and good looks of this hub. Everyone will enjoy using it. I could not get it to even hiccup with all I plugged into it. I know this unit is more money than CHEAP, USELESS hubs. I know you can get a 7 port hub for $4.99. The old adage, “You get what you pay for.” holds true for USB HUBS…

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  3. John W. Snyder says:
    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A good USB Hub with few issues, January 28, 2011
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    This review is from: Plugable 7 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub with 3A Power Adapter (Electronics)

    After reading reviews for several different 7-port powered hubs, I purchased this hub and an IOGEAR GUH227 to do my own comparison.

    The Hubs are both attached to HP 8440p Elitebook laptops running Windows 7 64-bit operating system. The hubs are connected to the following devices:

    – Keyboard
    – Mouse
    – HP 1022n Laserjet Printer
    – Fujitsu Scansnap personal scanner.

    Normally I would not have bothered purchasing a powered USB Hub for these devices, however, Fujitsu is so cheap that even though the scanner has it’s own power supply, it does not power its own USB connection. When connecting this device to a non-powered hub, it consistently disconnects itself between scans.

    Pros for this device:
    – All 7 ports are on the same backbone, so it only adds a single USB driver entry to device manager
    – Connected devices are reported under the device manager properties for the USB HUB
    – Once attached with some double sided tape, it doesn’t move around

    Cons for this device:
    – Under the device manager properties for this device, it should be reporting the amount of electricity (Milliamps) being drawn per device. It does not. A minor issue, but helpful in troubleshooting if a single device is pulling more than 500mA maximum devoted to each port. This won’t be an issue with USB 2.0 devices, however, 1.x USB devices did not have the 500mA maximum standard and can thus draw more power potentially overloading a single port on the hub.

    The Iogear device does report the mA per device under the device manager properties for the USB hub, however, this device has locked the machine up once since it was put into use. The other downside with the IOgear product is that they split the backbone so in reality you end up with a daisy chained 4 port hub + 3 port hub. (I really don’t like the feature, but it doesn’t appear to affect performance for the devices it is attached to. I would not recommend connecting USB hard-drives through either hub if possible.

    If the device reporting isn’t an issue for you, then this is a great HUB. I can’t believe that the manufacture would create a nice HUB like this and then screw up the firmware, but it happens.

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  4. 1.21 Gigawatts says:
    510 of 517 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Quite surprised with this one!, November 1, 2010
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    1.21 Gigawatts (USA) –

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    This review is from: Medialink – Wireless N Router – 802.11n – 150 Mbps – 2.4 Ghz – NEW Design w/ Internal Antenna (Electronics)

    Well, now having the need for a wireless N network I did a bit of research into which router I should buy. After reading so many positive reviews, I kept teetering on whether or not I should try this one out… especially since I hadn’t heard of the company and the price point was so low. Eventually I figured “what could it hurt” and ordered it. I immediately got an email from the company thanking me for the order which included the support information if needed. That was a nice touch.

    The bottom line is that I’m VERY glad I ordered this. Set up was a breeze if you follow the very simple instructions to the letter. I was up and running in minutes.

    My other concern was how well it would sing with my Cisco Wireless N Bridge(The Cisco-Linksys WET610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Gaming and Video Adapter)in my living room which is notoriously finicky with non-Cisco product integration. I’m very pleased to report that it immediately started communicating once set up, and has been rock solid for 3 days streaming Hi Def 720p and 1080p video. The signal strength is fantastic and has out performed other routers I have owned in the past. Time will tell how it holds up over the long run. I will update this post if anything goes awry.

    Finally as icing on the cake, the router just looks cool. Thats always a happy bonus!

    The only negative I could find is that the tech support line isn’t 24 hours. Seeing as how I didn’t need it, I suppose that really isn’t a negative in the truest sense.

    I’m a heavy Amazon user who doesn’t even write reviews yet felt compelled to for this gem. A Great product, at a great price, and easy set up. Who could ask for more?

    *** EDIT 06/14/11 Wow, there are a ton of comments on my review and I thought it would be a good idea to chime in again. Here we are about 8 months after my purchase and the router is still going strong. I have noticed that there was some signal degradation about 3 months in, but I changed the broadcast channel and it cleared up. Whether that was a fix or coincidence I don’t know. As far as I can remember it only dropped once and I had to reset it. Not sure what people are expecting, but I thought (and still think) I got fantastic bang for the buck. And to answer some of the people implying I somehow work for the company that makes or markets it: I absolutely do not! I just was pleasantly surprised and wanted to share.

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  5. T. Brigden says:
    151 of 157 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The easiest router I’ve ever set up., October 12, 2010
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    T. Brigden
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    This review is from: Medialink – Wireless N Router – 802.11n – 150 Mbps – 2.4 Ghz – NEW Design w/ Internal Antenna (Electronics)

    I have to admit I was nervous about buying something that doesn’t have a huge name behind it. I’ve dealt with plenty of routers in my time and some of them are so confusing to configure, and caused so many headaches. When I opened the box I was greeted by a small, light-weight, sleek looking box…I have to say that I was really excited about the internal antenna, those old parallel antenna were the worst thing to look at. Being the typical computer guy I am I didn’t really read through the directions, I just grabbed it and plugged it in. I reset the modem, then reset the router (by power cycling, not the reset button on the back) and…….it worked. I logged into the web interface and set up the Wifi security, grabbed my laptop to connect to it and…..it worked.

    The wireless N is a thing of beauty for someone that has been stuck with G for so long, it’s fast and has great coverage, I was able to get a stronger signal outside than before.

    The web interface is very nicely laid out and there are a ton of features

    Pros:
    Quick setup
    very nice looking
    lights are not too bright, even though there are a lot of them
    internal antenna
    affordable

    Cons:
    no Gig ports
    included cat5 cable could be a little longer.

    things to note:
    I didn’t use the included setup disc
    I have cable internet and use an older Linksys cable modem.

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  6. Babis says:
    122 of 128 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seconds for setup, milliseconds for downloads, October 6, 2010
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    Babis (WI, USA) –

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    This review is from: Medialink – Wireless N Router – 802.11n – 150 Mbps – 2.4 Ghz – NEW Design w/ Internal Antenna (Electronics)

    I was a little hesitant to order this router since there was no other review, but the price was lower than other wireless G routers, so I thought I would give this N router a try. So far, I am glad I did. I am writing this review from my laptop using the wireless connection right now.

    PROS:
    -Price (paid $[…] on 10/2/2010)
    -Easy setup. The wired connection was instant, all I had to do was plug the cables. The wireless connection was also a breeze and took two minutes with the included CD wizard.
    -Speed! My local network connection is 100Mbps, so I selected this router which is slightly faster (150Mbps wireless / 100Mbps wired) in order to avoid bottlenecks. I am getting download speeds ~0.9 MBytes / second wired and ~ 1.1MBbytes / second wireless with this router, i.e. as fast as I was getting when plugged directly to the network.
    -Streams movies without problems.

    CONS:
    No problems so far. If you like solving problems you may be disappointed.

    I have had this router for less than a day, which is not long enough to know if it is stable, but so far so good. I have not tried VOIP yet, but I will update if any problems arise.

    UPDATE: VOIP works without problems too. I have had the router for 5 days and still no problems. It performs so well, I have almost forgotten it is there.

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