Apertura Armored USB Hub

The Apertura Armored USB Hub from High Point Scientific is a heavily protected, six port USB hub that offers automated and non-intrusive smart protections. The USB hub has integrated overcurrent protection, short circuit protection, over voltage protection, under voltage protection and reverse polarity protection.

Apertura Armored USB HubThis resilient device has been engineered to fully function from below zero to above 150-degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a hard and durable CNC machined 6061 aluminum exterior case and a dependable mechanical on/off switch with a low output and red LED power indicator light.

The plug-and-play functionality incorporated into the Apertura Armored USB Hub allows for a hassle-free experience with no additional software to control and interface the USB hub. Everything needed to use the hub is included in the package, with the exception of a power supply. This includes a high-quality 2m long USB3.0 cable, and Synta-style finder base mounting foot so that the USB Hub can easily attach to any telescope.

The Armored USB Hub is rated for temperatures of -4-degrees Fahrenheit to 158-degrees Fahrenheit and has been extensively tested and confirmed to work normally, transferring at nominal data rates when at both temperature extremes.

Each of the six USB-A device connection ports have over-current protection built in that will trigger if a port exceeds its 2.6A rating. When this protection is triggered, the port with the fault will be turned off automatically. The device will continue to briefly power and check the load for a temporary overload until the load has surpassed 3A where it will turn off completely.

The USB-A device connection ports also have short circuit protection built in that will trigger if a short circuit is detected on an individual port. When this protection is triggered the port with the fault will be turned off, though the device will continue to monitor this port.

Apertura Armored USB HubIn the case of over-current or short circuit situations, only the offending port will be shut down, all other ports and the hub itself will continue to function normally. The device will continue to monitor the faulty port and once the fault has been corrected the port will begin to function normally again.

The Apertura Armored USB Hub also has over-voltage protection on the input that helps protect connected devices from voltage outside of the specification being supplied on the power input. The hub has been tested with input voltages up to 19V without a significant increase in output voltage from the USB ports. The device will also power down if the input voltage drops to around 4V, protecting USB devices from a major under voltage condition. Once the voltage is restored to around 5V or higher, the device will automatically power back on. In the unlikely event that the power input is accidentally switched, positive to negative and negative to positive, the device will not power on and will remain off in a safe condition.

The Apertura Armored USB Hub specifications include:

– Device Connectivity: 6 USB-A 3.0 Ports

– Device USB Port Power Output: 5V DC at up to 2.6A per Port

– Device USB Port Protections: Short Circuit Protection, Over-Current Protection

– Computer Connectivity: 1 USB-B 3.0 Port

– Computer OS Support: Plug-and-Play with Windows, Linux, and Mac

– Power Input Connection: 5.5×2.1mm Center Positive DC Port

– Power Input Specification: 12V DC

– Power Input Protections: DC Overvoltage Protection, Under Voltage Protection, Reverse Polarity Protection

– Temperature Operating Range: -20° to 70° C (-4° to 158° F)

– Weight: 226.80g (8oz)

– Dimensions: 70 x 85 x 30 mm (2.75 x 3.35 x 1.18 in)

You can learn more about the Apertura Armored USB Hub here.

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