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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
USB 2.0 sharing switch
(2) A to B cable 5ft. each
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.
Windows, Linux, Mac
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.