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Kanex deploys new USB 3.0 hub, USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet

updated 06:35 pm EST, Tue November 27, 2012

New USB 3.0 solutions designed for Windows 8, OS X

Connectivity solution manufacturer Kanex, today announced two new USB 3.0 solutions. A new four-Port USB 3.0 Hub and a USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter were both announced, and are listed as having both OS X and Windows compatibility.

The Kanex 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub easily extends an existing USB 3.0-equipped machine's connectivity to include four additional SuperSpeed USB 3 ports. With SuperSpeed transfer rates up to 5 Gbps, users can connect USB 3.0 external hard drives, digital cameras, MP3 players and more while getting up to 10 times faster transfer speeds than USB 2.  For fast charging, the USB hub includes a 2.1-amps power port so users can charge devices such as the iPad, smart phones, cameras and other mobile devices when the host computer is off.

The Kanex USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter adds a Gigabit Ethernet port to your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina Display or any other USB 3.0 enabled computer. The small adapter connects to a USB 3.0 port on a computer and provides a standard RJ-45 port for connection to the Internet or local area network for sharing and accessing files at data transfer rates of up to 1 Gbps.  The USB 3.0 Gigabit adapter is also backwards compatible with USB 2 and USB 1.1 (with an associated reduction in network transfer speeds) and supports Wake-on-LAN functionality.

The 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub and the USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter are available for $59 and $49 MSRP respectively, through online retailers and the Kanex website.

by MacNN Staff



  1. barryjaylevine

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 10-02-03

    Bad links to the referenced webpages

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    They're working for me, probably someone fixed them after your report.

  1. The Vicar

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    Joined: 07-01-09

    ...more relevant than it used to be, although Apple STILL doesn't have USB 3 across its whole product line. (The Mac Pro is still USB 2 only.)

  1. SegNerd

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    Joined: 07-27-12

    It might be more accurate to say that Apple DOES include USB 3 on all current Macs, but there is really no current model of the Mac Pro. There are just continuing production of what is essentially an old model until (hopefully) the new one finally shows up.

    The Mac Pro isn't really the right model for my setup, but I don't doubt that many people still need it.

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