Smart hub integration and supported features

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.

 Compatible Hubs
 ManufacturerHost InterfaceDevice InterfacePortsSimultaneous Charge/Sync @ 2.1AReport Port/SlotReport Charging RateLED Feedback
ThunderSync2-16USA: Datamation
Global: Cambrionix
UniDockDatamationUSB 2Cable-free slots for iPhones, iPod touch24 / 16 / 8
DS-UniDock-8-TDatamationUSB 2Cable-free slots for iPads8
DS-MDM-SC-16U-IPLDatamationUSB 2Slots for iPads16
DS-SC-U16DatamationUSB 2Cables16
DS-SC-U8DatamationUSB 2Cables8
Tough-PAC Charge Station-4Inner-Vision TechnologyUSB 2Cable-free slots for iPad4

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

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 mark the hub if you desire. A future release will allow you to reassign identifiers.

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.

LED Feedback

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

LED ColorLED StateDevice Status
Greenblinking slowlyIdle or successful, and charging
GreensolidIdle or successful, and fully charged
Blue (Yellow)solidDeployment in progress
Blue (Yellow)blinking quicklyWaiting for pairing or waiting for recovery mode
RedsolidDeployment failed
Green & Blue (Yellow)AlternatingNot paired or pairing error
White*blinking quicklyCheck out complete, device can be removed.
*Check Out feature only