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Using Acroname Devices inside Docker Containers

Post date: 2 months 6 days ago
At Acroname we hate it when customers have issues with software and that’s why we provide deployments for Windows, Mac and Linux across various architectures.  Amongst those deployments we also offer application programming interfaces (API’s) in C/C++, python 2/3, LabVIEW and .NET.  This article...

Introducing the world’s first industrial programmable USB-C Hub, Power Delivery Analyzer, and Tester

Post date: 2 months 2 weeks ago
*/ The USBHub3c is designed specifically for mobile device test labs, USB-PD validation testing, USB-C device production testing, end-of-line battery charge, and for testing dual role data (DRD) and dual role power (DRP) devices. Fully programmable, engineers can control USB-PD parameters,...

6 mind-numbing reasons how offline backups will save your backside when ransomware happens

Post date: 4 months 1 week ago
United States Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo recently announced that ransomware attacks "are here to stay."  Yeah, we know. That's why we've told anyone who will listen that organizations need offline backups of their systems and data using a superior, industrial, and programmable USB hub. ...

Can an Acroname hub create a data-only USB connection to a phone?

Post date: 5 months 1 day ago
A primary feature of Acroname hubs is the ability to turn a USB port on and off. Looking more closely, Acroname hubs also have the more granular ability to disable power/VBUS on a given port, independently from the USB D+/D- data lines on the same port. The logical thought is that this creates a...

Protecting USB devices from Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

Post date: 5 months 2 weeks ago
The next-generation circuitry in today’s consumer and industrial electronics is smaller, faster, better. Consumers love the innovations. But test engineers are not as enthusiastic. Because that innovation comes with a striking downside: increased susceptibility to electrostatic discharge. If the...
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Using the Acroname Programmable USB 2x4 hub as a software accessible USB switch between two hosts

Post date: 6 months 3 days ago
Often a simple USB switch with a physical button is used to switch USB devices between two different host computers. In many cases it would be nice to execute the host switch without physically pushing a button on the device. The Acroname Programmable USB 2x4 hub (2x4) allows a user to switch hosts...

AUTO DRIVE: The automation of automotive USB-C mobile device testing

Post date: 6 months 4 days ago
The need for USB-C and power delivery ports in automobiles is speeding up, and the auto industry is adapting to the new demands. As the engineer in charge of testing, you’ll need to up your automated validation testing game.  We live in an on-the-go world, and our devices travel with us in our...

How many Acroname USBHub3+ Hubs can I daisy-chain?

Post date: 6 months 1 week ago
Customers often ask how many Acroname USBHub3+ hubs can be daisy-chained. The answer is pretty simple: four. However, getting there requires some understanding of the USB specification and the internal topology of Acroname hubs. Also, by following our suggested configuration, customers can maximize...

Programmatically Checking for Attached Devices

Post date: 6 months 2 weeks ago
Acroname's hubs are a robust hardware solution to many common usb related tasks:  remotely simulating a manual plug-cycle, charging (or not charging) batteries on connected devices, and switching control between two host computers. Accompanying this robust hardware is an equally robust, mature,...

How to Turn On or Off USB Remotely via Software (No Unplugging)

Post date: 7 months 4 weeks ago
The problem   USB devices often need to be disconnected and reconnected (plug-cycled) or reset. The  reasons for plug-cycling a USB device are as varied as types of USB devices themselves.   In service, the simplest solution to many USB-related problems is to reset the errant host machine or...

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