I am building a computer lab, and I have decided to go the thin client route. So I am designing an 8-core server with 8GB DDR3 with a 400W power supply. It will need to support 10 x Plugable DC-125 USB 2.0 Multiseat Thin Client. Here is my question: Will the Plugable USB 2.0 10 Port Hub (with Power Adapter) support all 10 thin clients simultaneously? In other words, will the power supply it has produce enough power to (up to 500mA) for each of the then thin clients?
Thanks for contacting Plugable Support and asking ahead about using the DC-125 with our 10 port hub, I’ll be happy to help. To run 10 DC-125 units you’ll want to choose a different hub solution, there’s two main reasons why:
First, you’ll want to split the DC-125 across host controllers in your machine to allow for the most bandwidth. Nearly all modern motherboards have at least two separate host controllers so if you connect a hub to a port on each one and then connect 5 DC-125s to each hub, you’ll get much better performance.
Second, the 10 port hub has a 2.5 amp power supply and is designed for a mix of high and low power devices so there is just barely enough for 5 DC-125s. A better choice would be to use two of our 7 port USB 2.0 hub.
This way there will be plenty of power for all of the devices and as long as the ports that the hubs are connected to are on different host controllers, their will also be twice as much bandwidth.
I hope this helps with your decision. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help.