Products for USB Sensing and Control
Products for USB Sensing and Control


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VINT Hub Phidget

ID: HUB0000_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

The core of our product line, the USB VINT Hub has 6 VINT ports allowing for endless possibilities for USB sensing and control.


Quantity Available: 1000+

Qty Price
5 $28.50
10 $27.00
25 $24.00
50 $21.00
100 $19.50
250 $18.00
500 $16.50
1000 $15.00

The VINT Hub is one of the most commonly used Phidgets. Connect up to 6 devices to your computer through a single USB port.

Each VINT port can perform one of four roles:

  • Communicate with an intelligent VINT Device
  • Read a 0-5V Voltage or ratiometric sensor
  • Act as a digital output
  • Read switches as a digital input
  • The mode of each port is set in your program, allowing for flexible use in projects.

Technical details:

  • Plug and Program - Device is automatically discovered by the Phidget API when attached
  • Built-in Isolation - Maintain system stability
  • Pulse Width Modulation Enabled - Ports in DigitalOutput mode support PWM, useful for dimming LEDs and other simple components
  • Analog Sensor compatible - Each port is backward compatible with both ratiometric and non-ratiometric Phidget analog sensors
  • USB Voltage Supply - Each port has a power and ground pin providing direct access to the USB voltage supply

VINT Devices and More

For specific information about using the HUB0000_0 with other devices, please look at the User Guide tab, above.


USB Cables

Use a USB cable to connect this Phidget to your computer. We have a number of different lengths available, although the maximum length of a USB cable is 5 meters due to limitations in the timing protocol. For longer distances, we recommend that you use a Single Board Computer to control the Phidget remotely.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Connector A Connector B Cable Length
3017_1 $3.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 280 mm
3018_0 $4.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.8 m
3020_0 $12.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 4.5 m
3036_0 $3.50 USB Type A USB Mini-B 600 mm
3037_0 $4.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.2 m

Phidget Cables

Use Phidget cables to connect sensors and VINT devices to this hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m

Part 1: Setup

Before you get started with plugging in and setting up your VINT Hub, we recommend downloading our libraries from here.

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the HUB0000, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.


To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

Windows PhidgetTaskbar.PNG


To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the Ph.jpg icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.

For more information, take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the HUB0000.

First Look

After plugging the HUB0000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

HUB0000 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget


The VINT Hub provides a stable interface to connect your devices to your computer via USB. The VINT Hub has 6 ports. Each port can:

  • Connect to a VINT Device
  • Read a 0-5V Voltage or ratiometric sensor (connect to Analog Input sensors)
  • Act as a digital output (control LEDs, relays, digital circuits, and other simple electronics)
  • Act as a digital input (read the state of a switch)

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using the Control Panel


The VINT Hub is a connecting point between your computer and device allowing for simple communication. You can use your Control Panel to view your attached Phidgets. Explore the 5 types of connections bellow:

Intelligent VINT Devices


VINT Devices like the TMP1101 or DCC1003 are Phidgets that digitally communicate with the VINT Hub. Each device will have unique features, so it is recommended you visit the individual product page for more details.

When attached correctly these Phidgets will appear by name in your Control Panel, with each channel listed below the name. For example, when the HUM1000 is attached you will see:

HUM1000 Panel.jpg
Digital Input: read the state of a switch


Digital Input is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of the these ports can act as an active-low digital input, making them useful for reading switches and buttons. The above image provides an example of how to wire a switch to be used with the VINT Hub.

If you open Digital Input Mode in the Control Panel you will be able to see the state of your button/switch.


Digital Output: control LEDs, relays, digital circuits, and other simple electronics


Digital Output is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of these ports can be used as a 3.3V digital output, making them useful for blinking LEDs. The above image demonstrates how to connect your LED to be used with the VINT Hub.

Open Digital Output Mode in the Control Panel to control the 3.3V output.


Voltage Input: Non-ratiometric Analog sensors and monitoring 5V digital circuits


Voltage Input is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of these ports can be used to read voltage, making them great for reading non-ratiometric sensors and monitoring 5V digital circuits.

Open Voltage Input Mode in the Control Panel to view your device’s output voltage.


Voltage Ratio Input: Analog ratiometric sensors


Voltage Ratio Input is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of these ports can act as a Voltage Ratio Input comparing the voltage provided to the voltage returned by the device, making it useful for connecting ratiometric sensors. The voltage ratio is reported in Volts per Volt. For example, if the Phidget is providing 5V and the sensor is sending back 2.5V, the ratio will be 0.5V/V.

Open Voltage Ratio Input Mode in the Control Panel to view your device’s voltage ratio.


Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

All the information you need to address your Phidget

See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

How can I plot or record sensor data?

In the Phidget Control Panel, open the channel for your device and click on the Plot.jpg icon next to the data type that you want to plot. This will open up a new window:


If you need more complex functionality such as logging multiple sensors to the same sheet or performing calculations on the data, you'll need to write your own program. Generally this will involve addressing the correct channel, opening it, and then creating an Event Handler and adding graphing/logging code to it.

The quickest way to get started is to download some sample code for your desired programming language and then search google for logging or plotting in that language (e.g. "how to log to csv in python") and add the code to the existing change handler.

Setting the Change Trigger and Data Interval

The Change Trigger is the minimum change in the sensor data needed to trigger a new data event. The Data Interval is the time (in ms) between data events sent out from your Phidget. You can modify one or both of these values to achieve different data outputs. You can learn more about these two properties here.

VINT Ports

For more information on the capabilities of the ports on the VINT Hub, see the VINT Primer.

Setting the Device Label

When opening channels with Phidgets, you can set several properties to make sure you are accessing the precise channel you want. The HUB0000 has a unique serial number that can be used to find its ports or any VINT devices connected to them. If you want something more customizable and human-readable, you can use the device label instead. You can customize the device label by using writeDeviceLabel on the Hub object after it has been opened.

With the device label, you can address any of the VINT Hub's channels, or any connected VINT device channels. The device label will remain after the VINT Hub is unplugged as it is stored in flash memory.

Product Specifications

Controlled By USB (Mini-USB)
Number of VINT Ports 6
Electrical Properties
USB Voltage Min 4.5 V DC
USB Voltage Max 5.3 V DC
USB Speed High Speed
Current Consumption Min 32.5 mA
Available External Current 470 mA
Voltage Inputs
Voltage Input Resolution * 16 bit
Sensor Input Impedance 324 kΩ
Input Voltage Min (DC) 0 V DC
Input Voltage Max (DC) 5 V DC
Voltage Input Noise ± 630 μV DC
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Number of Voltage Inputs 6 (Shared)
Sampling Interval Min 1 ms/sample
Digital Inputs
Pull-up Resistance 124 kΩ
Low Voltage Max (True) 1 V DC
High Voltage Min (False) 1.8 V DC
Low Voltage Trigger Length Min 3 ms
High Voltage Trigger Length Min 3 ms
Digital Input Voltage Max 5.5 V DC
Digital Input Type Switch (Active Low)
Number of Digital Inputs 6 (Shared)
Digital Outputs
Series Resistance 510 Ω
Digital Output Available Current 8.1 mA
Digital Output Voltage Min 0 V DC
Digital Output Voltage Max 3.3 V DC
PWM Frequency Max 50 kHz
PWM Resolution 0.8 %
Number of Digital Outputs 6 (Shared)
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8471.80.00
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

*Voltage measured with a 10-bit ADC, oversampled to 16-bits.


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 2017 0 117 Product Release
July 2017 0 118 USB Bug fix, sometimes can't communicate on attach
June 2018 0 119 Fixed issue that caused spurious detach events
January 2019 0 121 Increased voltage input range to 5.25V
August 2019 0 122 Fixed USB bug that caused watchdog reset
August 2019 0 123 Fixed bug that caused a send timeout in the library
August 2019 0 124 Fixed USB bugs, mostly affecting macOS
August 2019 0 125 Fixed USB bug that caused "IN" packets to get lost
September 2019 0 126 Fixed bug that reported false detaches
April 2020 0 127 Added gap between wakeup pulse and sending data

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel Hub Port
Hub Port - Digital Input Mode
Digital Input DigitalInput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Digital Output Mode
Digital Output DigitalOutput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Voltage Input Mode
Voltage Input VoltageInput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Voltage Ratio Mode
Voltage Ratio Input VoltageRatioInput 0 0 - 5
6-Port USB VINT Hub Phidget
VINT Hub Hub 0  


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