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Belkin F1U400 4x4 USB Peripheral Switch (12 Mbps)

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3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • OS Support - Windows 98 SE,ME,2000,XP, and Mac OS 9.2.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Belkin
  • Model Number: F1U400
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 0.012 Gigabits Per Second
  • Item Display Weight: 1.65 pounds

Product Description

Product Description

The Belkin 4x4 USB Peripheral Switch (the Switch) lets you access four USB devices-such as printers, cameras, scanners, and external hard drives-from up to four computers simultaneously. This convenient design gives you immediate access to your USB devices through both a push button and through our new, easy-to-use Switch software. It keeps all your devices available without your having to detach and reconnect them from one computer to another, and gives you the option of using them all from a single computer or assigning each device to any of the connected computers.The Switch is compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, XP, and Mac OS 9.2.

From the Manufacturer

The Belkin 4x4 USB Peripheral Switch (the Switch) lets you access four USB devices-such as printers, cameras, scanners, and external hard drives-from up to four computers simultaneously. This convenient design gives you immediate access to your USB devices through both a push button and through our new, easy-to-use Switch software. It keeps all your devices available without your having to detach and reconnect them from one computer to another, and gives you the option of using them all from a single computer or assigning each device to any of the connected computers.

Product Details

Product Manual [2.13mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10 x 2.5 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00007IFJZ
  • Item model number: F1U400
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 19, 2002

Customer Reviews

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I bought the F1U400 as a KVM switch substitute, allowing me to use a USB mouse and USB keyboard between two computers (I can't use a KVM for my monitor, due to RF interference).
The switch *blinks*. When a USB component is plugged into it, the box indicates this by blinking an LED for that component. The blinking is very distracting, and the design of the LEDs (lots of curves) would make it difficult to cover them up. I've ended up hiding the switch behind my monitor.
The box has four buttons to swap USB components among hosts. Pressing a button once lights up the current host. You then need to press it again to start cycling through the list. The box waits for input for five seconds; only after those five seconds are complete does it reconnect the component. Any other button presses in that time cancel the change. This means that switching from one machine to another is far more laborious than with a normal KVM (particularly if you're switching a keyboard and a mouse separately).
Because I'm operating in a mixed Windows/Unix environment, I haven't installed the Windows switching software.
The F1U400 is probably a reasonable approach for components like printers, mass storage devices and scanners, which won't be moving from machine to machine with nearly the frequency of keyboards and mice. You'll have to hide the LEDs, though.
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In our little computer room with 3 desktop machines & a couple of laptops, we need to share the new Canon printer that also had a scanner. The old USB switch that worked fine on a simple printer would not work at all with the multi-purpose printer. I had do go a number of "go arounds" with the Belkin and Canon tech support teams to figure out the problem with the old switch.

It turns out a POWERED USB switch is needed for this setup to work correctly. This switch is able to share the printer and 3 other USB devices among our computers. A quick and simple install was needed on each of the computers to work with the switch, plus the printer/scanner drivers.
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This switch worked great for me, i had two computers, my printer and scanner hooked up and it worked great.,,, no problems whatsoever
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This product seemed like it was going to be an excellent tool. I have three computers that I use set up on my desk and have a keyboard and mouse set up on all three.

First major downfall was the crappy software that came with this device. It lags and glitches something terrible.
Second major downfall was the crappy buttons that are supposed to let you chose the computer your connected to. Mine never worked at all, everything just blinked stupidly.

Overall this product was a HUGE disappointment. Save the money and use a program like Input Director or Synergy.
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I bought this hub because in our office we couldnt print while we are connected to the VPN. Since the printer wasnt on the same network anymore.

This Hub solved our problem. 4 users are able to connect via USB and print with no problems while connected to the VPN.

The only problem I would say is that we have to manually switch and control who gets to print. Basically only one user at a time could be connected to the printer and you can control that through a software included with the Hub.

But otherwise......a Quality product !
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beautiful switch. we hooked it to 4 computers. however, installation in the pc running win8, 64mode, failed--icon and manual appeared on desktop, but without necessary operating software program--and error messages saying "not recognized". Manual only says earlier versions are supported.
We had to remove it. It might work ok on a system that does not include Win8.
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