My PC only has USB-A ports. I want a hub which I can connect (so it needs USB-A connection) and which provides both USB-A and USB-C ports. I do not need any of the fancy optional features USB-C can provide like Thunderbolt, DisplayPort or high power output, just plain USB 3 will do.

The only devices I could find so far are of the Docking Station category with a very steep price tag. All the normal hubs I found with USB-C ports have a USB-C uplink connection as well.

The lack of such a device made me wonder, if there might be a technical (or legal) reason that such a device cannot exist.

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Technical reason: A USB-C device must be driven by a USB-C 'uplink' port in the PC. Since your PC does not have a USB-C port, no USB-C device can connect.

Therefore, I'd suggest adding a USB-C card such as a $19 card from NewEgg, or a $25 card from Amazon. Both connect to PCIe slots on your desktop motherboard, so please check that you have the necessary card slot available.

If your PC is a laptop, there's no solution for it, as the ExpressCard expansion card slot does not support USB-C.

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    Do you know why it needs a USB-C uplink? The USB 3.0 protocol should be independent of the plug used.
    – mat
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 16:42
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    You asked for USB-C output, not USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is available on many Type A connectors. Note: Found a less spendy USB-C card for you, revised the answer to include its link.
    – K7AAY
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 16:45
  • I asked for USB3 over USB-C
    – mat
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 18:59
  • No device will have a USB-C output if it doesn't have a USB-C input. That would guarantee a huge return rate from buyers who would expect USB-C ports to have full function.
    – K7AAY
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 20:30
  • Please also see hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers for the use of the checkmark (✅) below the arrowheads.
    – K7AAY
    Commented May 15, 2020 at 16:24

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