USB C is the latest standard for data and video transfer in MacBook and various other new-age devices. However, not all USB C devices are the same. Even though the usage of USB C ports are much convenient compared to the previous versions, each manufacturer set up the device model supporting various levels of data, power, and video.
USB C is a complicated technology and users need to make sure which accessories are compatible with their host device. Here comes the importance of USB type C hub which can enhance the compatibility of the standard USB-C ports.
USB C Technology & Use of Type C Hub
Some common things to know:
- To support video output, the USB-C device must support Alt. mode of DisplayPort over USB-C.
- Dual video out is only supported on devices with Windows 8.1 and above. Chrome and Mac USB-C devices don’t support dual video.
- The USB-C device must support Power Delivery (PD) to connect to SD4600P dock for charting.
- To support Ethernet port, Mac devices may need a software driver to be downloaded one time.
- Run system update for the graphics driver as Intel or AMD on the USB-C device to avoid video issues like flickering.
- USB-C cable can be connected to Thunderbolt 3 port on Mac Pro devices. Even though USB-C is compatible with Thunderbolt 3, remember it will not support the same speed of TB3.
Frequently asked questions
There are many doubts and questions users have about USB-C port and type C hub, which we will discuss below.
Q: Whether all types of USB-C accessories and cables work with my laptop having USB-C port?
You need to know the specification of USB-C port on the laptop to understand the feasible accessories. Check the user manual or the portal https://www.moarmouz.com/ to understand the specifications. Some of the accessories have ports for power delivery ranging from 5W to 100W, and most of the laptops need closer to 36W or 60W for charging.
Q: What are the various USB-C port components?
USB-C consists of three main components as:
Data transfer: Speed of data transfer may vary from 480MBPS to 10GBPS (in the Gen 2 USB 3.1)
Power delivery: Some laptops may not support powering through USB-C. The traditional power tip is used in such machines for charging.
Video out: some laptops have DisplayPort, VGA, and HDMI video out.
Q: Will USB-A ports on a laptop be compatible with USB-C by using USB-A to USB-C adapters?
USB Type A features only data transmission whereas USB-C is capable of supporting power and video also along with data. So, the USB-C to A adapter may support data transfer; however, the power delivery and video will not work.
Q: How does USB-C cable establish a connection with USB-C port on the laptop?
The device and connected USB-C accessory do a “handshake” on the first connection, which is a quick info exchange on the supported devices and then it starts to work. The hardware and software specs of the USB-C port device determine what functions are allowed and what not and this is communicated to the accessory during the initial handshake.
The USB-C hub allows better connectivity between USB-C compatible devices and also ensure better connectivity between USB devices and MacBook which feature only one USB-C port.
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