4 Port Data Switch For Switching Between USB Devices
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Example: You have one USB port open but several peripherals that you are using such as a printer, scanner or a modem, and have to switch cables every time they are needed. One solution would be to reach in the back of the computer and accidentally disconnect the wrong cable. Another solution could be to sort the tools needed through a data switch. As seen in this example to the left, several peripherals are connected in the top row of switches and one computer connected in the bottom port which is for the PC or MAC. Let's say these two peripherals are a scanner and printer, by simply depressing the appropriate switch in the front, the tool needed becomes active and will transfer data at a high rate of speed.
This was very easy to set up. No need of special software or drivers, the USB switch acts as a go between for computers and peripherals so the connection or switching is electronically driven not software driven. This allows for easy installation and easy connections.
Here's how it works. The switch has a port for using a type "A" USB connector and a type "B" connector. The type "B" connector port is the smaller square shaped port. Either type connector can be used, checking the USB port style on your computer or peripheral will help you determine how to configure your USB switch.
With the USB switch somewhat located between your peripherals and computers, run one USB cable from each computer to the USB Data Switch ports 1 - 4, and one USB cable from the data switch to the peripheral (s) you want to share. If it's a printer your sharing you may need to make sure the print driver is installed on both computers. Windows should recognize new hardware found, if not you can add the printer to your list of printers. Once all usb cables are connected through the data switch and any drivers needed are installed, that's it! When ready to print, just depress the port selector button and that computer now is able to share the printer.
I'm running windows XP Pro. When I connected the data
switch to both computers and my printer, it was pretty
easy from there.
I'm using an HP Photosmart p1100
and everything was just as I was using one computer while I
switched from one computer to the other to test the switch.
When I depressed the port buttons activity was instantaneous
XP notified me of the connection. This USB Data Switch does
exactly as it should which is allow sharing between computers,
great little device to ease the sharing between computers.
I would certainly recommend it.
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