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Hands-On: Raspberry Pi Zero 3-Port USB Hub with Ethernet

The Raspberry Pi Zero has been a consternation given it was initial introduced. So most energy (and so most fun!) in such a tiny package. Ah, though there was a problem, too – such a tiny package, that it didn’t have room for really many connectors, and a ones that it had were smaller than a standard-sized connectors on a full-sized Pi models.

The biggest of these problems was with USB connections. The Pi Zero has usually one USB pier (yeah, we know it looks like there are two, though a other one is a energy tie and we can’t steal it), and it is not even a customary Type-A port, it is a micro-USB (also famous as OTG or “On The Go”). That means that Pi Zero owners who indispensable to bond USB inclination and dongles (who doesn’t?) had to buy some kind of micro-to-TypeA adapter cable.

The other connector that is blank from a Pi Zero is a connected network connection. This was a poignant problem with a strange Pi Zero, since it also didn’t have a built-in wireless network adapter. That meant we had to supplement a USB WiFi adapter, though there was usually one USB port, and it was microUSB… (see contention above).

This is a bit reduction of a problem with a Pi Zero W, since it has a built-in WiFi adapter, though even with that a lot of users still want/need a connected network tie (including me).


micro-USB to 3-Port Type A USB and RJ45 Ethernet

So we was utterly gratified when we beheld this new appendage privately done for a Raspberry Pi Zero.

It as a micro-USB connector, so it eliminates a need for a adapter wire mentioned above; it has 3 Type-A USB ports, so for instance we can bond a keyboard, rodent and WiFi dongle; and it has an RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet connection.

I have tested it on all 3 forms of Pi Zero (1.2, 1.3 and W), and it worked ideally each time. No special designation or pattern required, usually block it in and it is prepared to go.

There is also a energy tie on a adapter, so we can supplement an outmost energy supply to it if we need to bond USB inclination with aloft energy mandate (external USB hoop drives and such). The energy supply itself is not included.

Oh, and something else that we didn’t see mentioned anywhere, it also includes network Link and Activity LEDs, so we can see what a standing of a connected network tie is.

The usually thing we have seen that comes tighten to a functionality of this adapter is a Broadcom WiFi/USB adapter, that we wrote about utterly some time ago. It has dual USB Type A ports and in integrated WiFi adapter – though it is itself a Type-A device, so we still have to use a micro-USB to Type-A adapter of some sort.

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