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Are there ANY USB-C 'splitters' (hubs with multiple USB-C ports) in existence?

While hubs can be found that adapt USB-C to many USB 3.0 ports, or to mDP etc., it seems there is no product out there that simply turns a single USB-C into two or more USB-C ports? Is there a ...
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Simple-to-use API-controllable LED light(s)?

I'd like to have a simple LED light that I can control from my computer (2012 MacBook Pro). I've heard of Kickstarter projects like blink(1), but I don't want to have it stuck right up against my ...
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Cheap USB 3.0 hub

I'm looking for an external USB 3.0 hub for under $50 USD. Requirements: USB 3.0 At least 5 ports (More the better) Works on Windows 10 External Looks nice mounted in one place (I won't be moving it,...
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USB to Ethernet adapter supporting multiple virtual LANs

Several unresolved questions have been made in various online forums looking for any options that may exist for a USB to Ethernet adapter that supports multiple VLANs. Past questions have often been ...
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USB headset with good headphone quality and comfort?

I am on a headset for work several hours each day. I also listen to music extensively at work. I currently listen to Sennheiser HD 380 headphones. My headset is pretty low quality comparatively. ...
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External fan for over-heating laptop

I've got a 13" laptop that I've had for a few years now, and it's been working perfectly until a couple weeks ago. It's a Dell Inspiron laptop. However, a few weeks ago, one of the fan has burnt out, ...
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Compact USB hub for a smartphone host with power delivery to the phone

I am looking for a USB hub to connect mouse/keyboard simultaneously to my phone while powering/charging the phone ("power delivery"). I would like to be able to connect one or two other peripherals, ...
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USB memory stick with automatic encryption

Is there any commercially available USB drive (memory stick) that will automatically encrypt any file(s) copied to the drive, without needing to install or execute special software on the connected ...
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Powered USB3 hub

Sounds easy, right? NOPE! In an attempt to do away with this dreaded message: I am looking for a USB hub for my Macbook Pro that meets the following requirements: Externally powered on all ports (...
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Are there any USB microphones under $10 that will record talking-volume sound 2-3 meters away?

I have several small USB microphones, which work just fine as long as my mouth is within a few inches of the mic's input. However, I am looking for a small and cheap microphone (under $10 from ...
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USB drive with password write protection

I'm looking for a password-write-protected USB Drive or Flash Memory card where I can write to it only with a password. Do such products exist? I DO NOT want a software protection/encryption with a ...
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Charging a smartphone on a bicycle

I often explore the countryside with my smartphone saddled on my bicycle providing GPS information. This is battery-intensive so I would like to charge the phone while riding. Requirements: Not ...
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With what type of device could I power off/on another USB device programmatically?

I have a remote server (running far, far away), which has a very important USB device plugged in (call T). Sometimes this device simply dies. If this happens, a simple plug out - plug in solves the ...
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Cheap USB drive bay with headphone output

I just got the Phantom NZXT case (specs) for my PC. It works great for me, but this thing is so huge it barely fits in my desk! Now, it does fit, but since the 1/8 in audio output and USB ports are on ...
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Is there a USB micro SD card reader in a sturdy metal keychain thumb drive form factor?

I'm looking for a USB thumb drive to keep on my keychain, but with removable (therefore replaceable and upgradable) microSD storage rather than flash memory that is built into the device. There are of ...
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Wristband or gloves with programmable buttons?

Preferably one that is wireless and connects via a small usb dongle. Think of a gaming mouse. It has programmable buttons - you can program macros. Say you're using a windows 10 or 8.1 tablet. And ...
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Portable micro PC computer on USB stick

I'm looking for portable micro PC (uPC) on a stick (something like Raspberry Pi), but a lot smaller (a USB thumb drive size). Any architecture is great (ARM is fine), as long as you can install Linux ...
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Encrypted flashdrive

I'm looking for a secure USB flash drive that has built-in 256-bit (or greater) encryption. Requirements: At least 16GB USB 3.0 Completely encrypted without third-party software. Having either ...
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1080p HDMI to USB converter for computer video input

I have a digital camera with HDMI output and I want to use it as a high quality “webcam.” I am looking for a device which takes a 1080p/60fps HDMI video signal as input and outputs that signal over ...
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Controller card(s) for handling eight USB 2.0 devices at full speed

Connecting two USB2 devices to an external USB2/3 HUB, connected to one USB2/3 port would normally limit the average read-speed to 240 Mb/s, and continuing adding devices would limit the average speed ...
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Externally Powered USB Active Repeater

I have a Surface tablet. And I need to get it's USB signal about 10' away. Here's what I've tried: An active hub 5' away, and that doesn't work. Apparently the tablet doesn't put enough power on the ...
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Bluetooth headset with USB/3.5mm connection

I want a headset. I have similar requirements to USB headset with good headphone quality and comfort?: I want a Bluetooth headset (so no cords hanging off my head) but it should connect to my ...
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Recommendation for a cheap and small computer for USB webcam microscope

I require a cheap and small computer to act as the monitor of a webcam-microscope. The computer must be able to display the output of the USB webcam microscope with as low a time delay as possible (&...
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Multi-port, 100W @ 5A, USB-C charger

I've been looking to replace a couple Anker PowerPort-style 5-port USB-chargers around my house (computer desk, entryway table, laboratory workbench) with ones into which I can plug my 15″ Macbook Pro....
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USB Rubber Ducky Alternative

What I want is basically a USB Drive that registers itself as a storage device, and to the unsuspecting (in some cases) user, a keyboard. (I don't plan to do anything malicious, just trolling, and ...
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HDTV with HEVC (h.265 / x.265) support?

I'm looking for a HDTV capable of playing HEVC h.265 encoded videos from USB/PEN drive. Most of the HDTVs support h.264 standard but I could find any playing h.265 standard. More over it would be ...
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USB to Ethernet adapter supporting multiple VLANs [duplicate]

I've tried to "upgrade" my Windows 8.1 Dell Precision M4700 to Windows 10, but Intel Ethernet chipset 82579LM does not support multiple VLANs in Windows 10. I'm looking for an USB to Ethernet adapter ...
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USB Wi-Fi stick or PCI Wi-Fi card with AP capability on Linux

I want to make an AP from a Linux PC with an USB Wi-Fi adapter. My attempts until now weren't really successful; either the driver missed the AP capability feature, or the signal strength was ...
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Minimal serial console

I have some embedded systems with RS-232 interfaces. But these days new computers with RS-232 interface seems quite rare, so I am wondering what alternatives might exist. I know there are RS-232 to ...
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USB “hub” with many inputs

I would like to make it more convenient to access the rear panel if my computer, by connecting an extension cord with many ports (preferably 2 or 4). The problem is that I only find USB hubs (which ...
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Recommendation for low-power, cheap, USB-capable hardware to run Linux

Can anyone recommend some hardware which meets the following criteria: USB port (more than 1 would be handy but a USB hub could always be used) Suitable for running a reasonably small Linux ...
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USB switch for one device connected to two systems

I am looking for a USB Switch which allows one device like a keyboard to be connected to 2 systems such as a PC and Laptop and with a button or something you can switch between which system the USB is ...
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Docking station with new Interfaces?

I think we all noticed the recent Intel Skylake release at IFA and Gamescom 2015. Skylake brought a new generation of processor supporting a new generation of I/O interfaces, mainly Thunderbolt 3. ...
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Simple cheap blu-ray player

I've been searching for a simple Blu-Ray player. I've notice a lot of Blu-ray players are in the $60+ range, but also come with Wi-Fi/LAN capabilities, able play music, Netflix, all that stuff. I don'...
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HDMI KVM for Keyboards with Integrated Smart Card Reader

This is my first question in this website. I have a Lenovo PC with integrated smart card reader keyboard (single USB cable), and a MacBook Pro. I would like to switch between the two via an HDMI KVM ...
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Small USB drive with hardware write-protection switch

I am currently looking for a USB stick with hardware write-protection that is small enough to fit in my keychain. Searching the internet I could only find the Kanguru SS3, which has a slightly too ...
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USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub for 2016 MacBook Pro

Are there any USB 3.1 Gen 2 hubs in existence? There seem to be lots of options that are USB-C on the computer-end, but provide only USB 3.0 ports for the peripherals. Do I really have to buy an ...
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SD card for heavy use

I have set up a VM (web development server) on a USB drive, but consider moving it to a SD card. VM has currently around 25 GB; so with a 64 GB card I would probably be safe. The price is pretty ...
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USB3 Hub with Individual Toggles (Switches) for each Port

Please recommend a USB3 hub with the following features: At least 4 USB3 ports. Individual toggles (switches) for each port. No LED lights, unless they can be easily disabled or cleanly obscured with ...
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External HDD or SSD for booting operating system from

I boot operating systems like Windows 10, Xubuntu and Remix OS from USB storage. I bought myself a USB 3 flash drive and thought "Hey, this can do 100 MB/s, it must be awesome for booting an OS from."...
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Are there any USB battery packs that can provide power while charging?

I have an external battery pack, for my phone. But I just bought a Raspberry Pi, and would like to create a UPS - fairly cheaply. I tried charging my phone and charging the pack with this one but it ...
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What's a good USB microphone for recording instruments?

I'm looking for a USB microphone to create recordings of instruments. It must: be compatible with Windows 10 via USB have appropriate frequency range (I want it to include as much of the spectrum as ...
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Docking station with many ports?

I've "recentely" asked this question here for a docking station for laptops that uses Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 for connections. While I'm still interested in such stations I need an alternative in ...
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Do wireless cables exist?

Are there "cables" that are just 2 bluetooth dongles that will interact with each other? I am looking for one for a custom mechanical keyboard. USB type c would be the best, but I think anything would ...
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Inexpensive USB 3.1 splitter

I got the new MacBook and it runs amazingly, and I got Apple's USBC to USBA adapter. My only issue is that I cannot charge and use my external USB devices at the same time (I have a USB 3.0 Hub with ...
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Non-generic power adapters with barrel connectors with 2.5 mm OD and 0.8 mm ID for Chinese tablets?

A lot of Chinese tablets (and probably some others as well) use a barrel connector instead of microUSB to charge. They all seem to use the standard size of 2.5 mm OD (outside diameter) and 0.8 mm ID (...
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USB Type-C adapters?

I recently got the new Dell XPS 13 9350. This model features the new USB Type-C; it has no other native port for connecting a display (HDMI, mini DisplayPort, etc..). I've done my research and there ...
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USB dock that presents COM/Parallel port as physical ports

There are plenty of USB docks but the couple I have experimented with present UDB/pseudo devices in place of legacy ports like com and parallel. More modern applications can work with those just fine ...
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Voltmeter with USB/RS232

I hope this is the right SE, otherwise I might post it on electrical. I am searching for a voltmeter with a digital output, either RS232 or USB. The ones I came around are very costly for my purpose. ...
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Low-resolution USB webcam

I would like a USB webcam with a low resolution, perhaps something like 160x120 and certainly under 640x480. It does not need to be cheap, so something that supports a range of resolutions in hardware ...

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