USB 2.0 Sharing Switch 4 to 1 with (2) A to B cable
    Product # 2996
    USB 2.0 Sharing Switch 4 to 1 with (2) A to B cable
    Product # 2996
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    USB 2.0 Sharing Switch 4 to 1 with (2) A to B cable

    This USB 2.0 peripheral sharing switch is the ideal solution for sharing a printer or any USB device such as pen drive, scanner, USB hub... etc, with up to four computers. For the maximum convenience, this unique switch also works with USB enabled Windows or Mac, or Linux computers.

    - Save desk spca and slim design
    - Easy to install with Plug N Play convenience.
    - 1-port USB downstream peripheral switch
    - Fully compliant with all your USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices
    - Supports hot swapping for all your USB devices
    - 4 LED status indicator light for each port
    - With over current protection to insure safety of your equipment

    Package contents
    USB 2.0 sharing switch
    (2) A to B cable 5ft. each

    Installation
    1. Plug the USB device cable into the downstream port of your PC.
    2.Connect the USB device such as printer, hub, pen drive...etc into any of the downstream port on the USB sharing switch unit.
    3.PC will automatically detect the sharing switch unit and/or USB device.

    Operating system
    Windows, Linux, Mac

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    4.0 / 5.0
    14 Reviews
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    5/5
    What can I say? Only that the ordering was convenient, the price was very reasonable, the shipping was fast, the product has been great since I hooked my new laptop and older PC to the same wireless mouse/keyboard set-up about 4-5 weeks ago.

    It switches quick and easy for either computer. No issues so far. The 2 to 1 USB Sharing Switch would have been sufficient but there were a couple unhappy reviews. That could happen with almost any product, but I got the switch with the least negative reviews. So far, I am satisfied. BTW, the guys at Radio Shack sent me here because of the lower prices.
    October 7, 2009
    Perfectly suits my needs
    I am using this USB switch to connect an HP 5180 printer/copier/scanner to my computers. It works perfectly and saved me money and the time ad aggravation of creating a print server network. I placed my order on 2/5/09 and it arrived at the Post office on 2/9/09, the third business day. This is my third purchase from monoprice.com and their quick service and quality products have never disappointed me. I have recommended monoprice.com and I only take that step if I truly believe the service and product will meet a high standard. Kudos monprice.com, I will do business with you int he future.
    February 10, 2009
    Should have bought one sooner!
    Unlike other users, I didn't want an automatic switch. I use this switch to hook up an external back-up hard drive to four workbench computers to save client data. Having to manually change the port is perfect because I often have more than one of the computers running. The device is really small and will fit just about anywhere. I love that it's USB powered 'cause the last thing I need is more wires! The only thing that would have made this product perfect would be mounting holes on the back.
    September 9, 2009
    used as a print server
    confirm that it works as a print share, have all four slots in use feeding one printer. The switch IS manual, you have to select which input PC will connect to the printer, and the lights are small, so harder for people not familiar with which connection is which to use. In our family, the numbers are based upon age, lol.
    recommend.
    February 20, 2009
    Good switch
    Nice item. Works well.
    August 12, 2010
    Works as Described
    I bought this product to use a usb headset with three different sources. It so far lives up to the task. I have a PS3, PS4 and a PC computer and only one headset, this solved the need for me to have to switch the usb plug from device to device every time I wish to use the headset. On the pro side I listed light weight because it is so light that velcro can be used to mount it on the underside of a desk. I also like that I did not need an additional power brick to make it work. I have enough of these as it is. On the con side I say the lights are bright because it is in a bedroom and there is no way to make the led lights go off without unplugging all devices. I did not take away from the rating for this as it is not a huge deal to just tabe over the lights.

    PROS: Lightweight, no power supply needed

    CONS: LED lights are bright for a dark room, no way to turn off lights when not in use
    August 6, 2014
    Works like a charm.
    This product was purchased to share one color printer with 4 public access internet stations. Specifically didn't want an automatic switch to avoid auto-switching conflicts and to better controll the printing queues. Works greats. Absolutely no issue with any of the computers picking up the printer once switched to.

    PROS: Manual Switching... may be a con to some, but manual switching has is benefits in certain situations.

    Great price.... item would be alot more at other vendors.

    Connections seem sturdy and snug.
    December 6, 2010
    Sensitive Button
    As mentioned by the subject, my biggest con with this item is the sensitivity of the switching button. The switch is electronic and always when I push the button, it wants to jump 2 or 3 slots down instead of just going to the next one. I thus have to be very quick or gentle about pushing it, and many times have to cycle through the lot once or twice until I can get it to "land" on the device I want active.

    Con 2 and 3 I suspect are related. Because it is light weight and small, it is easy for attached usb cables to lift, drag, or otherwise move it when attached. This is probably why the single device attachment is on the other side, to create a counterbalance. This isn't a huge probably if you can support the cables or put the switch on material that won't slide as the cable weight pulls at it (which is what I had to do).

    Overall I'd say the price makes it worthwhile if you're looking for a USB switch. I have two computers and wanted a single set of keyboard and mouse for them both. Had to run the single connection from the USB switch to a USB hub so I could get both devices on there, and it works perfectly.

    As always, Monoprice delivered fast and reliably.


    PROS: * Does the job
    * Nicely priced

    CONS: * Sensitive switching button
    * Lightweight (attached cables that hang off the desk can cause it to slide off or lift up)
    * Plugs on opposite sides
    August 1, 2010
    great as a kvm
    love it - i use this as a sort of KVM where 2 computers have their own monitors but i want to share the keyboard and mouse. when the computers are running their OSes i use Synergy app to share the mouse/keyboard but whenever i need a hard keyboard/mouse connection, i just manually switch usning this - Awesome and waay cheaper than a kvm!

    PROS: cheap and works - been using one for ~4years and still going

    CONS: it's lighter than the cables you will plug in - used a little velcro on my desk.
    the switching button got a little wonky for me - sometimes skips an input but cycle back around and it's there.
    December 15, 2012
    For the Poor Man's KVM...
    My dual monitors have multiple inputs I have my primary machine on the DVI, my work laptop's docking station on the VGA. A tablet on one HDMI and an MBP on the other HDMI.

    The USB switch goes to each and my Logitech Wireless Dongle is shared between them all. All I have to do is switch the input on the monitors and then switch the USB to the device I want.

    PROS: Allows me to share my wireless keyboard/mouse dongle between 4 different machines easily and without hassle.

    CONS: Sometimes there is a 10-15 sec delay after switching and the machine has detected the USB device to respond. Or there is a hesitation between what you are typing and when it appears. This is generally not a big problem unless I am jumping back and forth between machines.
    March 19, 2014
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