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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Product review: Ableconn USB3HUBE0 USB 3.0 3-Port HUB with RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

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This 3-port network adapter comes with an AC power adapter. I was able to use the Ethernet and the USB slots (with memory sticks as well as charging a phone) without the power adapter. The power adapter can be used for USB devices that require more power than you can get directly from the USB port.

This network adapter is 4.125"L x 1.75"W x 0.875"H. It weighs 2.3 oz. The network cable is 2.5" long. The power adapter has a 68" power cord.

To see whether it performs up to its specification I tested it connecting two Linux systems using iperf peformance measuring tool. I also compared its performance with two NICs built-in into my computer.

The network adapter performed well, with the speed one might expect from a good quality Gigabit adapter.

⬤ For those who are interested in the specific details of the tests I am including them below.

♦ Ableconn Ethernet + 3.0 USB ports ASIX Elec AX88179
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Half Duplex
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.05 GBytes 901 Mbits/sec

Full Duplex
[ 5] 0.0-10.0 sec 988 MBytes 828 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.05 GBytes 897 Mbits/sec

⬤ For comparison, performance of two built-in NICs in my computer
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♦ Internal Ethernet NIC, Intel 82579V
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Half duplex
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.09 GBytes 935 Mbits/sec

Full Duplex
[ 5] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.08 GBytes 930 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.05 GBytes 901 Mbits/sec

♦ Internal Ethernet NIC, Qualcomm Atheros AR8151 2.0
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Half duplex
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.09 GBytes 934 Mbits/sec

Full duplex
[ 5] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.05 GBytes 900 Mbits/sec
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.05 GBytes 899 Mbits/sec

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


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