Blog: 2023

Top 7 USB Cable Blunders Test Engineers Make: Are You Guilty?

Post date: 6 months 2 weeks ago
USB cables can be a huge headache. They're deceptively simple, with huge amounts of variation underneath the same broad categories — and that's not even touching on cables that are labeled incorrectly. We're going to look at some of the top USB cable blunders that test engineers make: mistakes can...

What's the Best Industrial USB Hub: Compare Features, Performance, and Durability

Post date: 7 months 1 week ago
Looking for the best industrial USB hub can feel like a high-stakes proposition. You need equipment that can deliver the technical performance you need — sometimes under very challenging operating conditions. So how do you find the best USB hub? That's what we're going to look into today. USB hub...
Lumafeld 3D CT scan of Apple TB4 cable

USB-C cables really are different on the inside!

Post date: 7 months 4 weeks ago
Lumafield, experts in Industrial CT scanning, focus their X-ray vision on USB-C cables to show us what’s inside.  The resulting interactive 3-D scans are incredibly detailed, and it’s absolutely worth your time to click through to view the scans in their Voyager web application. They look at 4...

Virtually plug and unplug your USB connections with the USBHub3+

Post date: 8 months 5 days ago
Turning ports on and off with Python No need to physically unplug cables; follow along as we demonstrate the interactive process of enabling and disabling ports, ensuring smooth USB device management. It shouldn't have to happen, but sometimes you need to plug and unplug a USB device. Maybe the...

Independently control VBus and data connections on each port of the USBHub3+

Post date: 8 months 1 week ago
The USBHub3+ provides advanced control beyond basic on/off switches, allowing for precise USB customization. The USBHub3+ can also independently enable and disable Voltage and Data: Vbus All Data High Speed data (480 Mbps) Super Speed data (5 Gbps) We'll be working interactively using the...

Learn how to measure power and voltage with the USBHUB3+ using HubTool or the Brainstem API

Post date: 8 months 1 week ago
Power Measurement and Voltage Monitoring with USBHUB3+ Among other properties, using the USBHub3+ we can view: Per-port Voltage Per-port Current Input Voltage Input Current Measuring voltage and current with HubTool If you haven't already, install HubTool, which is part of...

Unveiling USBHUB3+ Enumeration Speed: How to Determine Your Connected Devices' Speed

Post date: 8 months 1 week ago
Learn how to determine the enumeration speed of devices connected to USBHUB3+ and whether they're operating at high or super speeds. Each port on USBHub3+ can operate in High Speed or Super Speed modes. There are three ways to view the speed of a connected port Front panel LED HubTool...
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Master USBHub3+ host switching: auto or manual, HubTool or Python

Post date: 8 months 1 week ago
Simplify device sharing and streamline control with USBHub3+ Automatic switching By default, the USBHub3+ will automatically switch to upstream host 0 if available.  This enables simple peripheral device sharing, where a dedicated PC could be connected to the host "Up 1" port, and an occasional...
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Maximize Port Density with USBHub3+. Ideal for server rooms and compact USB-C setups

Post date: 8 months 1 week ago
Enhance Port Density with USBHub3+  Need more ports in less space? - Strategies for Managing USB Port Expansion and multiple USB devices Consider USBHub3+ for managing USB port density in server rooms and some USB-C applications if high port density is required USBHub3C is a great choice for...
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Configure USBHub3+ charging port modes for Optimal Device Compatibility

Post date: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Setting charging port modes on USBHub3+ Port Modes: CDP, SDP, and DCP The USBHub3+ can set each of its downstream ports to several power modes to support a range of devices. The supported modes are part of BC1.2 USB charging specification: Port mode Condition Maximum current(...

Surprising applications for the USBHub3+

Post date: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Sometimes we hear from customers who have used our programmable USB hubs for unusual applications. Maybe one of these surprising USBHub3+ Application examples will help solve your problem! Dual-Hosting USB Storage Volumes  Lets look at the first unique application of the USBHUB3+: Imagine a...
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Top LiDAR Sensors for Drones

Post date: 9 months 3 weeks ago
LiDAR sensors unlock highly accurate data-enabling detailed three-dimensional mapping and model building with remarkable precision. But understanding the technology for drones is not as easy, and it's essential to cover the main elements and their various applications. TL;DR: Lightware makes some...

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