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USB-A Hub with USB-C ports, does such a thing exist?

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jebus197    21

Hi can anyone point me to a USB-A hub (with a cable going to a USB 3 port) which has USB-C ports actually located on the hub. Every time I try to search for a USB-A to USB-C hub I invariably just get a USB-C hub that can connect to a Macbook or whatever. I don't want to do that. I want to give a computer/laptop that has no USB-C ports at least one or two USB-C ports. But, the thing is the USB-C port can't just be a charging port, it has to support data too.

 

To complicate matters further, I'm located in the UK. 😕

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Mindovermaster    3,505
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As for hubs, I don't know if they can do that.

 

But, there is an USB-A to USB-C adapter. For an example:

 

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13507

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Ecion    6

Can you just use a USB-A to USB-C cable, like what you'd get with a mobile phone? Then use that USB-C port for a hub if you need more?

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jebus197    21

Well you see the USB hub will power a USB-C camera (Logitech Brio 4K) and a USB A 80MM fan in a housing. Lets just say a shoebox in my garage (for security purposes). I won't go into details as that's unnecessary here, but it'll be a box with a camera and a fan to keep the camera cool. (As it quickly overheats with the lid closed).

 

Since this needs to be plugged into a normal computer, with about a 2-3 meter extension cable, I'm just pondering how this set up can be made possible?

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Brandon H    3,781
1 minute ago, jebus197 said:

Well you see the USB hub will power a USB-C camera (Logitech Brio 4K) and a USB A 80MM fan in a housing. Lets just say a shoebox in my garage (for security purposes). I won't go into details as that's unnecessary here, but it'll be a box with a camera and a fan to keep the camera cool. (As it quickly overheats with the lid closed).

 

Since this needs to be plugged into a normal computer, with about a 2-3 meter extension cable, I'm just pondering how this set up can be made possible?

you're probably going to have better luck with USB-C to USB-A cables then

 

I looked around and didn't really find anything definitive either.

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jebus197    21

OK here's how I think it can be done.

 

Convert the Brio 4K webcam to USB 3.0 via an adaptor: https://amzn.to/36u2H4Q

 

Get a short USB 3.0 cable:  https://amzn.to/2yEbgxy

 

Plug this into a standard USB 3 hub: https://amzn.to/2yEbgxy

 

Plug the 80mm fan into the hub too: https://amzn.to/3c3LU9V

 

Run a USB 3.0 extension cable from the hub to the back of the computer: https://amzn.to/2M1JX3i

 

Place all of this in the housing - and I think that should work?

 

Is there a better way though? Having a hub with a usb-C data port and a long USB-3.0 cable to plug straight into the back of a computer would remove all of this complexity.

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Brandon H    3,781
23 minutes ago, jebus197 said:

OK here's how I think it can be done.

 

Convert the Brio 4K webcam to USB 3.0 via an adaptor: https://amzn.to/36u2H4Q

 

Get a short USB 3.0 cable:  https://amzn.to/2yEbgxy

 

Plug this into a standard USB 3 hub: https://amzn.to/2yEbgxy

 

Plug the 80mm fan into the hub too: https://amzn.to/3c3LU9V

 

Run a USB 3.0 extension cable from the hub to the back of the computer: https://amzn.to/2M1JX3i

 

Place all of this in the housing - and I think that should work?

 

Is there a better way though? Having a hub with a usb-C data port and a long USB-3.0 cable to plug straight into the back of a computer would remove all of this complexity.

yes, you don't need the adapter. you can get a USB-C to USB-A 3.1 cord to cut out that piece. after that everything else would be the same regardless.

 

like this cable for example, it comes in 1, 3, 6, and 10 feet (0.3, 0.9, 1.8, and 3 meters):

https://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-Double-Braided-Type-C-Silver/dp/B07D7NNL6F

 

edit: the only other thing I'd consider is depending on how far you plan to have the Hub from your computer you might want to use a powered Hub as the USB port on your computer may not be strong enough to power the hub itself depending on how long the extension cable is.

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jebus197    21

I think I do need the adapter? I want to plug both the fan and the camera into the hub and run the hub into the back of a computer via a single USB 3.0 cable. I thought the 3 meter cable might be a bit risky though, but it's surprisingly difficult to find shorter cables on Amazon at the moment. I'm not quite clear where the cable you posted would fit into the scheme of things? But it's too late anyway I guess. I bought all the bits and hopefully it'll all work fine once I put it together.

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Brandon H    3,781
Just now, jebus197 said:

I think I do need the adapter? I want to plug both the fan and the camera into the hub and run the hub into the back of a computer via a single USB 3.0 cable. I thought the 3 meter cable might be a bit risky though, but it's surprisingly difficult to find shorter cables on Amazon at the moment. I'm not quite clear where the cable you posted would fit into the scheme of things? But it's too late anyway I guess. I bought all the bits and hopefully it'll all work fine once I put it together.

the cable I posted would replace the need for these separate steps/pieces:

 

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Convert the Brio 4K webcam to USB 3.0 via an adaptor: https://amzn.to/36u2H4Q

 

Get a short USB 3.0 cable:  https://amzn.to/2yEbgxy

 

the cable would go from your webcam to the hub. the rest would be as you already have it 🙂

it's just a good way to cut out one piece and possibly save a little and one less piece to potentially fail over time.

 

If you just placed the order then Amazon should make it pretty easy to cancel/change but that's up to you in the end. As long as you're happy with the final setup that's what matters 🙂

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jebus197    21

Yeah I took your advice, cancelled the adapter and just bought the 0.3m version of that cable. One step less as you say. 🙂

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