Add four USB 3.2 ports to your Raspberry Pi 5 with the Waveshare PCIe to USB HAT+

Add four USB 3.2 ports to your Raspberry Pi 5 with the Waveshare PCIe to USB HAT+


The Waveshare PCIe to USB HAT+ is designed to extend the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi 5 or the Rockchip Rock Pi boards by adding four more USB 3.2 high-speed USB ports.

The module will also feature real-time power status monitoring and allow USB power management through software. Additionally, the board has an EEPROM to store Pi IDs and other things and it features a vent to keep the Pi cool.

This device adds four USB 3.2 Gen1 ports to the Raspberry Pi 5, utilizing a VL805 PCIe to USB converter. It allows full access to the GPIO headers and monitors power through an INA219 chip, with external power supported via a Type-C port. It also includes a power indicator LED and an MX25L3206 flash chip, enhancing the Raspberry Pi 5’s capabilities. Waveshare states the device is ready to use out of the box and offers an installation guide and more on their wiki page. For GPIO control, soldering a 0R resistor is necessary, with instructions provided online.

Previously we have written about many different RPi hats like the 52Pi NVMe M.2 SSD HAT, the Geekworm X1004 HAT+, the Mcuzone MPW7 HAT, and many others feel free to check those out if you are interested in the topic.

Waveshare PCIe to USB 3.2 HAT+ Specifications

  • PCIe x1 Gen2 mode
  • Only supports Raspberry Pi 5 Model B.
  • Equipped with VL805 original high-performance main control chip
  • Reserved airflow vent for cooling fan to enable better cooling
  • Support USB power control
  • Dimension – 85 x 49mm

The company mentions the device’s plug-and-play nature and you don’t need extra software or hardware to run it properly. Installation and how-to guides are available on their Wiki Page. However, default GPIO control requires soldering a 0R resistor, with instructions also provided on the Wiki.

You can buy the PCIe to USB 3.2 HAT+ on Amazon for $27.99, or get it directly from the Waveshare store for $19.99, not including shipping costs.

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