[3-Port USB 3.0 + 1-Port RJ45] HooToo® HT-UE01 USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Converter LAN Wired Network Adapter USB 3.0 to RJ45 Bus-Powered with 3 Port USB3.0 Hub, Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS-X, Chromebook, Mac Book Air, Linux [VL812 VIA & AX88179 Chipest]
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Firstly, the device is not "plug-and-play". The USB ports work fine but drivers are required to enable the ethernet port. Sadly, finding operational drivers for Mac is a bit of a wildfowl hunt.
The device does come with a CD (5cm) but if your laptop is too thin for an RJ45, it's likely also too thin for an optical drive. The HooToo website directs you to another site where the download buttons don't work and Hootoo support don't answer their emails.
After wading through several on-line forums I discovered another cosmetically similar product with available drivers.
All-in-all: great idea, good hardware, adequate software (if you can find it), woeful support.
Isn't that always the way?
As a hub, it's dead simple. The USB 3.0 ports are back-compatible, of course, so that older USB devices work fine. Installation was extremely simple - I plugged it in, Windows 7 automatically found and installed the drivers within a few seconds and it worked with no fuss. I find transfer speeds hardly differ from those I get when connecting directly to my computer, so it doesn't slow things down. There is a lot of stuff on this page about backpressure, crossover detection and the like which will doubtless mean something to many people, but for me I just want a simple, reliable and well-built hub to give me extra USB ports. This does the job excellently.
The Ethernet connection and converter may be a handy feature for notebooks and the like which don't have an Ethernet port but may need wired internet connection. There is a CD-ROM in the box for installation of the Ethernet software but I found that it was automatically installed by Windows and again just worked perfectly when I plugged it in. If you might need an Ethernet connection and don't have one, this is a simple and neat solution.
I have been using another Hoo Too hub for quite some time now and have found it excellent - it's well made, robust and durable and just does the job without bothering me. This looks of similar quality, and I can recommend it warmly.
If you machine reboots when you plug this in, try inserting before powering up, allow driver to install and it should be fine.
Windows 8.1 automatically found the drivers for both the USB HUB and the Ethernet adaptor. I've just transferred nearly 75GB in a (Very small) fraction of the time it would have taken via wireless.
Couldn't be happier!
And it has no external power supply so do not expect to charge connected phones etc. Regarding performance I have no issues with it, Ethernet speed goes above 900 Mbps so almost full Gigabit speed.
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Does the job just fine - both as USB hub and network card for my Win 8.1 laptop. Have all teh current drivers installed but I CANNOT hot-swap this unit as it kills the PC totally... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gadget Man UK
Not a lot to say really, does everything it says on the tin. I've used this with my surface pro 3, it's fine for fast USB 3.0 and also ethernet connections. Full marks.Published 19 months ago by C. Clark
Terrific idea yo combine USB3 hub with a GigaBit ethernet port. Works well on my Macbook.
Would be nice if it was a little smaller, but that's just trying to find fault.
usb-hubb works plug and play as well as 100mbit ethernet. To get 1000mbit ethernet the drivers need to be installed from cd.Published 22 months ago by Mattias Woldu
bought to use with a Surface Pro 2 - works well, links to work and home networks with the RJ45 connector and can use all 3 USB ports at the same time.Published 22 months ago by Ferret
Works fine for eithernet, but USB devices plugged into the adapter (EG, mouse) experience slowdown. That's connecting it to a fast USB 3.0 port on a new laptop.Published 23 months ago by Huw Jeffries
I bought this primarily so i could use it with my chromebook(acer c720) which doesnt come with a wired network connection. Read morePublished 23 months ago by raymondo breeno