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USB Hubs

Choose a USB hub to connect more peripherals to your computer. The USB standard is the most popular interface used by computer accessories for carrying data and power. With a hub, you can easily expand the number of available USB ports on a laptop with one or two built-in ports or on a desktop PC tower with its USB ports inconveniently placed at the back. Staples® carries a wide selection of such hubs from different brands.

Choose Between Bus-Powered and Self-Powered USB Hubs
A hub with multiple USB ports can draw power from the USB port of a computer or from an external power adapter. Bus-powered or passive hubs rely on the same USB connections for data transfer and power. Each USB port on a host computer can only deliver a set amount of electric current. The upstream port on the hub (the one directly connected to the computer) shares this maximum current among its downstream hubs. In most cases, a passive hub can draw enough power to keep USB accessories like keyboards, mice, flash drives, portable hard drives, and Wi-Fi adapters running.

To avoid overloading the hub, get a self-powered model if you plan on connecting more than one power-hungry peripheral to the device. Self-powered hubs have dedicated power adapters and can power more USB ports. Choose one of these if you want a hub with more than four downstream ports. This device can easily power demanding devices like desktop external hard drives.

Features to Consider When Comparing USB Hubs
First, choose between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 hubs. The model to pick depends on the fastest USB port on your computer. There are a lot of reasons to pick a USB 3.0 hub over USB 2.0 models. For example, it delivers faster file transfer speeds and can supply more power per port. You should also get it if you have USB 3.0 hard drives and flash drives. Most people use these hubs for charging their mobile devices. If you want a hub for this purpose, make sure to get a model that supports high-speed charging for smartphones and tablets. Some hubs have dedicated USB ports for this purpose.

The placement of USB ports on a hub is another feature to closely consider. Vertically stacked ports are generally easier to access than horizontal ones. Hubs with such ports take up less desk space even with all their USB ports occupied. Make sure the space between successive ports is wide enough to accommodate USB cables and connectors. If the gaps between the ports are too close, you may have difficulty attaching and removing devices to the hub.

What Is a Dynamic-Powered USB Hub?
This is a hub that can serve as a self-powered device and a bus-powered unit. The hybrid hub can switch between the two power modes as needed.

Do You Need LED Indicators on USB Hubs?
Yes. Most hubs have indicators lights that come on when connected to powered USB ports on host computers. Some have LED indicator light for each USB port. This makes troubleshooting simpler as you can easily identify the port in question.

Are There USB Hubs With Other Types of Ports?
Yes. These hubs are especially useful for increasing port selection on ultrathin laptops with single USB ports. In addition to extra USB ports, they can add card readers, HDMI ports, and Ethernet ports.
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Insten 4 Port USB Hub, Black
Item : 973746 / Model : PHUBUSBX4P13
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  • Connection type: USB
  • Allows simultaneous operation of up to four separate devices all attached to a single USB port
  • Dimensions: 5.85"L x 3.9"W x 1.17"H
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Insten® 7 Port USB Hub With On/Off Switch, Black
Item : 971021 / Model : PHUBUSBX7P07
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  • Connection type: USB 2.0
  • On/off switches activate or deactivate individual ports
  • Designed with 7 port, this compact USB 2.0 high-speed hub is small enough for travel, and capable enough to meet your connectivity needs
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Staples 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Black
Item : 2094933 / Model : 29745-US
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  • 4 ports, USB 3.0
  • Connect up to 4 additional USB devices to one computer port (USB mice, portable hard drives, etc.)
  • Supports data transfer rates up to 5Gbps
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Staples 4-Port USB 2.0 Travel Hub, White
Item : 2093409 / Model : 29758
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  • Staples 4-Port USB 2.0 Travel Hub, White
  • 4 ports, USB 2.0
  • Supports data transfer rates up to 480Mbps
18.99 $18.99
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Staples 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Black
Item : 2093410 / Model : 29746
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  • Staples 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Black
  • 7 ports, USB 3.0
  • Supports data transfer rates up to 5Gbps
39.99 $39.99
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Sabrent™ 5-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Black (HB-UMP3)
Item : IM1ZY2885 / Model : HB-UMP3
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  • Color: Black, 5-port (4 input and 1 output), material: ABS plastic
  • Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X and higher computers
  • Dimensions: 3.44"H x 1.5"W x 0.62"D
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Sabrent USB 3.0 Hub With Power Switch
Item : IM1VV5757 / Model : HB-UM43
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  • USB 3.0
  • Form factor: External
  • Ports: 1 x USB input, 4 x USB 3.0 output
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Staples 4-Port Square USB 2.0 Hub (19038)
Item : 837390 / Model : 19038
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  • Works with USB 2.0 devices
  • Four USB ports
  • One top-loading port for easy access
12.5 $12.50
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StarTech 7 Port SuperSpeed Desktop USB 3.0 Hub With Power Adapter, Black
Item : IM1VT5608 / Model : ST7300USB3B
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  • USB
  • Offers data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps
  • Interfaces/ports: 7 x USB 3.0
51.49 $51.49
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Monoprice® 11" 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub, Black
Item : 1256481 / Model : 106631
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  • Black
  • Connection type: 4 x USB 2.0
  • Host interface: USB 2.0
6.59 $6.59
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Insten® 4 Port Octopus USB Hub; Black
Item : 970854 / Model : PHUBUSBX4P09
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  • Connection type: USB 2.0
  • Allows simultaneous operation of up to four separate devices all attached to a single USB port
  • Black
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QVS® UH2-13 USB Hub, 13 Ports
Item : IM1KV6461 / Model : UH2-13
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  • Connect up to 13 USB devices
  • Works with USB 2.0 devices
  • Transfers data at speeds of up to 480Mbps
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Insten 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Individual On Off Power Switches and LEDs
Item : 24008878 / Model : 2211499
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  • Cable length: 60 cm/ 23.6 inches
  • Transfer Rate: Up to 480Mbps
  • Backwards-compatible with USB 1.1
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Tripp Lite 2-Port USB Hi-Speed Sharing Switch for Printer/ Scanner /Other
Item : IM18E1160 / Model : U215-002
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  • Switch between computers via mouse, hotkey or manual button
  • Supports data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
  • Automatic switching upon print command
20.99 $20.99
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Iogear® GUB211 USB 2.0 Auto Sharing Switch, 2 Ports
Item : IM1Y89109 / Model : GUB211
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  • Connects USB type A/B
  • Works with USB 2.0 and backward comptible with USB 1.1
  • Transfers data at speeds of up to 480Mbps
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Sabrent 13 Port USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter (HB-U14P)
Item : IM1TW7629 / Model : HB-U14P
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  • USB
  • External
  • 13 USB Port(s)
26.99 $26.99
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Staples 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub, White
Item : 2094885 / Model : 29780-US
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  • 7 ports, USB 2.0
  • Connect up to 7 additional USB devices to one computer port (USB mice, portable hard drives, etc.)
  • Supports data transfer rates up to 480Mbps
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Monoprice Select Series USB-C 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub and Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Item : 2504320 / Model : 114503
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  • USB-C connector
  • 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub and 1 gigabit ethernet adapter
  • Portable
28.19 $28.19
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Belkin® 7-Port USB 2.0 Clamshell External Hub
Item : 2509293 / Model : F4U022TT
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  • USB interface for high speed wired communication
  • Data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps Mac/PC compatible
  • Adds seven additional USB ports to your computer for additional connection
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Belkin™ 4 Port USB 2.0 Travel Hub, Black/White (F4U021BT)
Item : IM1YP5965 / Model : F4U021BT
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  • UAB 2.0 for quick and easy access
  • Data transfer speed: 480Mbps
  • Plug and play, no drivers required
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Targus 4 Ports USB 3.0 4 Port Hub, Black (ACH119US)
Item : IM1LB3957 / Model : ACH119US
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  • Black hub with four ports expands the number of available USB connections for attaching external devices
  • USB 3.0 Type A ports are compatible with PC, Mac and netbook computers for flexible use
  • Overall dimensions are 1.3"H x 3.3"W x 0.5"D
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Insten 13-Port USB 2.0 Hub with On Off Power Switch
Item : 24008877 / Model : 2211498
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  • Cable length: 80 cm/ 31.5 inches
  • 13 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports: Transfer data rate up to 480MB/S
  • Designed with 13 ports, this compact USB hub is small enough for travel, yet capable enough to meet all your connectivity needs
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MANHATTAN 162296 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub
Item : 2484131 / Model : ICI162296
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  • Backward compatible with all USB 2.0 & 1.1 devices
  • 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for additional peripherals
  • Plug & play-no drivers required
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Belkin™ 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub with USB Type C™ Cable, Black/Silver (B2B146-04-BLK)
Item : IM14U1974 / Model : B2B146-04-BLK
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  • Comes in black/silver color and has 4 ports
  • Interface: USB type C (host), 4 x USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 3.5"H x 3.9"W x 0.6"D, cable length: 3.3'
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