About Smart Hubs

Created: Modified: Knowledge Base

When used with certain “smart” enterprise USB hubs, GroundControl  can provide enhanced detail such as port number and charging rate. Some models also allow for LED control, to show successful or failed deployments, for example.

To enable Smart Hub features, use Admin > Launchpads.

The smart hub features will be enabled when you next start the Launchpad app.

LED Feedback

GroundControl will use available LEDs to display pairing, charging, and workflow status information. On some models, the “Blue” LED shows as yellow.

Datamation Units with Multicolor LEDs
Green, solidIdle / SuccessfulFully Charged
Green, blinkingIdle / SuccessfulCharging
Blue, solidDeployment in progress
Blue, blinkingWaiting for pairing or waiting for recovery mode
Red, solidDeployment failed
Green & BlueNot paired or pairing error
White, blinking quicklyCheck out complete, remove device now
Bretford Units with Amber/Green LEDs
Green, solidIdleFully Charged
Amber, solidIdleCharging
Green, blinkingBusyFully Charged
Amber, blinkingBusyCharging
Port Number

When available, GroundControl can display the port number for each device plugged into a hub.


If a Launchpad detects multiple smart hubs, then it will assign each a letter. Ports will be displayed as “A-1”, “A-2”, “B-1”, etc. A hub will be assigned the same identifier consistently, so you may physically label the hub if you desire.

Charging Rate

When available, charging rate in Amps is displayed next to the battery power level. Mouse over the battery indicator to display.


This data is refreshed every 10 seconds or so.

Supported Smart Hubs

Cable-free simplicity.

Datamation UniDockUSB 28 / 16 / 24 Display Slot
Display Charging Rate
Multicolor LEDs
Datamation DS-UniDock-8-TUSB 28 Display Slot
Display Charging Rate
Multicolor LEDs
Inner-Vision Technology Tough-PAC Charge Station-4USB 24 N/A
Cabinets & Trays

Attach cables to connect diverse devices.

Datamation DS-MDM-SC-16U-IPLUSB 216 Display Slot
Display Charging Rate
Multicolor LEDs
Bretford PowerSync+ Station 20USB 2 Mac Only20 Display Slot
Amber/Green LEDs

Standalone units with cables.

Bretford PowerSync+ CartUSB 2 Mac Only20 / 40 Display Slot
Amber/Green LEDs
Tabletop Hubs

Traditional USB hubs with cables.

Cambrionix ThunderSync2-16 (USA)
Cambrionix ThunderSync2-16 (Global)
Thunderbolt16 Display Slot
Display Charging Rate
Multicolor LEDs
Datamation DS-SC-U8
Datamation DS-SC-U16
USB 28 / 16 Display Slot
Display Charging Rate

Certain Datamation cabinets and carts use the same components as the above, and GroundControl will provide the same information.