The Brain Desktop Data and Power Hub

The Smartest Solution for Easy Desktop Connections

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What's special about this power hub?

  • Allows you to connect power, telephone and network connections, and USB devices all in one desktop location
  • Includes surge protection to keep your connected electronic devices safe from surges
  • Equipped with a built-in circuit breaker to avoid overloads
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The Brain smart grommet puts all of your connectivity options within your reach, including; power, telephone and Ethernet jacks, and USB connections. This power data hub with surge protection and built-in circuit breaker is ideal for use in home and office environments.

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PART # DESCRIPTION HOLE SIZE DIMENSION WEIGHT PRICE
HC-500030 The Brain Smart Grommet 2-3/8" to 2-3/4" (60mm to 70mm) dia 4-11/16" Diameter x 2-3/16" H (above table) & 2-1/2" D (below table) 2 lbs
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  • Lighted power switch to indicate that power is being received
  • On/off switch so you only consume power when in use
  • Desktop installation avoids having to crawl under your desk to connect devices to your computer
  • Comes with shielded data ports to reduce EMI/RFI and line noise
  • Includes several connection options including:
    • (4) USB 2.0 ports
    • (2) Electric outlets
    • (1) Shielded Ethernet/RJ45 connection
    • (1) Shielded Phone/RJ11 connection
  • Quick and easy installation, simply use a hole cutter to cut a 2-3/8" to 2-3/4" (60mm to 70mm) diameter hole, or use a pre-existing hole, and insert the hub
  • Equipped with tabs on the bottom of the grommet to ensure a snug fit and installation
  • Works with AC 110 to 240 V for a use with various voltage types
  • Fully supported by Windows and Mac
  • 1-year manufacturer's warranty

 

Ideal for use with:

  • Ethernet connections
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • External Hard Drives
  • Gaming devices
  • MP3 players
  • Digital cameras
  • PDA's

 

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Connections
  • (2) Electronic Outlets
  • (4) USB 2.0 Ports
  • Ethernet Connection
Overall Diameter 4-11/16"
Height Above Table: 2-3/16"
Below Table: 2-1/2"
Weight 2.0 lbs
USB (4) USB 2.0 ports
Ethernet Connection Yes
Phone Connection Yes
Power Cord 6 ft
Power Outlets (2) 10Amp, 900 Joules
Surge Protection
Specifications
15Amp (100%) no response
25Amp (166.7% overload) less than one hour
30Amp (200% overload) 3.5 to 105 S
37.5Amp (250% overload) 2 to 91 S
45Amp (300% overload) 0.9 to 45 S
Supported Systems Vista, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Mac OS X
Voltage 110 to 240 Volts

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Q:USB

Are the USB ports for charging devices or connecting to an attached computer for devices?

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  • - Thank you for your question. The USB connection on the bottom of the unit will connect you to a receiving computer.

    Fernando M. on

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The Brain Smart Grommet
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Safe (4)
  • Well designed (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

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      5.0

      Awesome Product

      By Kate the Office Manager

      from Washington, D.C.

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Install
      • Easy to Use
      • Safe
      • Well Designed

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Places Wmultiple Cables

        Comments about The Brain Smart Grommet:

        Bought for our Large Conference Room -- cables are out of sight and organized. Easy for clients to plug in and start working.

         
        5.0

        perfectly simple

        By jbg

        from Salt Lake City, Utah

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Exactly What We Needed
        • Well Designed

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about The Brain Smart Grommet:

          Cleaned up our conference table - simple and functional. Couldn't ask for more.

           
          5.0

          Powered USB's are great.

          By JP

          from Santa Ana, Ca.

          About Me Professional

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                Comments about The Brain Smart Grommet:

                I bought this for use on a boardroom conference table. We needed ac power and means for routing a conference phone cable through the middle of large table. Thought I would neeed to add a 5 volt power supply to the USB jacks but was pleasantly suprised to find them live when the ac power cord is plugged in (I have no PC conencted to the brain). The powered USBs are great for visitors needing to charge their cell phones. Will be purchasing a 2nd Brain.

                 
                5.0

                Terrific

                By Bob

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Install
                • Easy to Use
                • Safe
                • Well Designed

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Jobs

                  Comments about The Brain Smart Grommet:

                  This product was exactly what I was looking for to finish off a small conference table. It is small and discreet on the table, but with all of the connections I need for my team. I was also please with some of the more subtle design elements including a wire chase in the base through which I was able to use for the extended microphone of our speakerphone system. Excellent product.

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Tony

                  from VA

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Safe
                  • Well Designed

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Conference Tables

                    Comments about The Brain Smart Grommet:

                    I'm not sure how the other reviewer (Dave) was using his, but this worked great for us. This is a power strip with female to female jacks. You put a 2.375" to 2.5" hole in your table and slide it through - note this does not have a monitor jack, so if you need that, grab a long enough monitor cable (VGA/HDMI/whatever you need) and route that through the hole in the table FIRST, then slide in the Brain Grommet. The grommet has a channel in it for other cables. I put in a VGA cable to connect between the computer under the table to the projector on top of the table. You can plug in your phone line, a USB cord to a computer, and an Ethernet cable to the bottom of the gromment. Again, I connected a USB cable to the computer under the table so I could use the USB jacks on top of the grommet as a hub to plug in our microphone/camera, keyboard/mouse, and USB speakers. It also charges my phone connected to one of the USB jacks (don't have an iPhone though). The power cord to the grommet does not power the USB plugs - this only happens when a powered computer is plugged into one of the USB jacks.

                    Overall, this works great and reduces the amount of cords going across the table considerably.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Thought is was the solution!

                    By Dave

                    from Orlando

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Install
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Safe

                    Cons

                    • Won't charge Iphone

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about The Brain Smart Grommet:

                      We purchased this for a conference room table. It looked like just what we were searching for but upon testing the unit we found that it would not charge an Iphone via the USB ports. It says that it is USB 2.0 compatable but not convinced. Had to return it.

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