- Brand Name: Belkin
- Model Number: F1U400
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 0.012 Gigabits Per Second
- Item Display Weight: 1.65 pounds
Belkin F1U400 4x4 USB Peripheral Switch (12 Mbps)
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- USB Ports - N/A
- USB Support - USB 1.1 and USB 2.0
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- OS Support - Windows 98 SE,ME,2000,XP, and Mac OS 9.2.
- Boot Option - N/A
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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.
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.
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.
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 !
We had to remove it. It might work ok on a system that does not include Win8.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping to hack the switch to make it IR controllable using Velleman MK161 2-Channel Ir Remote Receiver which I have. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tina H.
I setup a Macbook Air and Alienware desktop with this, but had a lot of trouble getting either to detect on bootup. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Colin Scroggins
This product works great for my home office, My wife and I can share to 2 printers we have in the office, Works Great...Published on January 17, 2013 by Charles Forrest
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