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Plugable USB 2.0 Switch for One-Button Swapping of USB Device/Hub Between Two Computers

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  • Compact design provides easy one-touch switching of a USB device or hub between two computers
  • Great for sharing a printer, scanner, or other USB device between two computers (one computer has access at a time)
  • LED indicator lights show which connected computer has control of the attached devices
  • Switch works with any USB-enabled computer without drivers--attached devices may require drivers as usual
  • Attach a powered USB hub that is connected to keyboard, mouse, and USB graphics adapter for an all-USB KVM solution

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.2 x 1 inches ; 2.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B006Z0Q2SI
  • Item model number: USB2-SWITCH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The Plugable USB2-SWITCH2 USB 1.1/2.0 switch is the ideal solution for one-touch switching of access between two computers to a USB-based mouse, printer, scanner, hard drive, or any other attached USB 1.1/2.0 device. Attach a powered USB hub to the USB2-SWITCH2 instead of a single device for switched access to everything connected to the hub.

Features
The USB2-SWITCH2 works without drivers on any USB-enabled computer (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.). Connect two computers to the switch via the included five-foot USB A/B cables, attach either a single USB device or a USB hub connected to multiple USB devices (cable not included for switch-to-device/hub attachment), and start enjoying the benefits of switched access. Driver installation for the attached devices may be required on the connected computers.

A single button press is all that's required to change control of the attached devices between the connected computers. LED indicator lights show which connected computer has control.

For anyone considering a KVM switch to provide two-computer access to a single keyboard, mouse, and display, the same result is possible with the Plugable USB2-SWITCH2. Just attach the switch to a powered USB hub that's connected to a keyboard, mouse, and USB graphics adapter for an all-USB KVM solution.

The switch can connect USB 1.1/2.0-compliant devices and hubs, but to function in USB 2.0 speed mode, the connected computer and attached device or hub both must comply with the USB 2.0 standard.

What's in the Box
One Plugable USB2-SWITCH2 compact USB 1.1/2.0 switch with two USB-B female ports and one USB-A female port
Two five-foot USB A/B cables for connecting two computers to the switch


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Customer Reviews

Just a simple push of a button!
Marlo S.
The switch worked wonderfully for the first two months, then it was a tremendous pain to get either computer to get it to recognize the devices attached to the switch.
Diego
This switch works well to share a printer between two computers.
Gene N.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DAVID M. SMITH on April 2, 2012
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I looked at reviews of many items designed to allow a device, such as a printer, to be shared by two computers. Almost all of the other products had problems, or potential problems. This product had only six reviews, which made me leery that there were so few, but they were all five star reviews. This device is so simple to set up - five minutes. No complicated instructions to read. No software to install. I used it to allow me to print from either my mac, or from a widows xp computer. It worked right away. Just a push of a button allows me to go from one computer to the other for printing. It's a dream product.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Zany Amazon on May 2, 2012
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I use this to use a logitech wireless keyboard/mouse solution between two computers. There is a second or two delay after pressing the button but it doesn't feel too long. Mine is an old Logitech wireless solution, not the unifying kind, but it works well right out of the box. I have ordered a new Logitech keyboard and mouse with unifying received and I've read here that it works fine as well.

It comes with the two USB cables needed to connect to two computers. No need to buy more USB cables. Everything works well. Only downside, if I have to list something, would be the button must be pressed with some force. I wish that the button takes a lighter touch.

Update (3/18/14):
I had this for over a a year now and I wanted to add few things. The button is small and narrow and it takes some pressure to press the button. If you're switching back and forth frequently, it gets annoying. Also, frequently one channel will not recognize mouse/keyboard;I have to switch back and forth to make it work (usually once flip will do.) Since I purchased this, I've noticed that there are other choices (listed below). I haven't tried them yet but they have received good reviews. Both of these devices appear to have bigger buttons so at least that solves one of my complaints about Plugable switch. Caveat is they are a lot more expensive at $35 and $30 each.

SIIG SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Switch 2-to-1 Adapter (JU-SW0012-S1)
IOGEAR 2 x 4 USB 2.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch (GUS402)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EBC on May 4, 2012
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You would think that a USB A/B switch would be simple and straight forward right? Well I learned to do my research before buying anything online. I discovered that a lot of USB switches had KVM software components that were incompatible with some computers and required that software and/or drivers be loaded in order to get it to work. They also required extra keyboard key sequences to complete the switching process from one computer to another. This switch was advertised as "plug and play" with none of the above required.

Much to my delight, the switch worked as advertised. I had a PC with a USB attached printer that I needed to share with a laptop. For various reasons it was impracticable to connect the printer to a network or share it as a host based printer off the PC it was attached to. As soon as I installed the switch to the PC, laptop and printer, and switched the switch to the laptop, the laptop immediately recognized the printer as a new device and asked if I wanted to install it. After I installed it I was able to switch seamlessly between the 2 computers and print immediately with no 7 second lag time as noted by another reviewer. While in Windows 7 Devices and Printers on the PC, if the switch was switched to the laptop, the printer icon would show up but be greyed out. As soon as I pushed the button on the switch to go to the PC the printer icon would come to life and be available to print.

I am extremely happy with this product and the only recommendation I would make for improvement would be to make all the connections come out the back of the switch. This would make placing the switch on the desk where you can push the button much more esthetic. The way it is now you pretty much have to position the switch at an angle so that the cables don't come out the front and loop around taking up space on your desk, and it doesn't look as professional as it could be.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Norm Smith on April 3, 2012
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I've not had this item for a month yet, but so far I find it to be convenient and reliable. However, I do offer one caveat to readers of this review. Do not attempt to use this item with external USB hard drives and other power-hungry devices using a non-powered (passive) USB multi-port hub. Since this device only possesses a single USB port potential users will no doubt desire adding more device connection ports via a USB hub.

Be sure to use a good reliable 'powered' USB hub for port multiplication. I, myself had experienced external hard drive detection issues when I first attempted to use a non-powered hub and my first knee-jerk reaction was to blame this inexpensive device. I then disconnected and utilized a Cyber-Power externally powered USB hub that I had attached to an alternate workstation and the device then performed beautifully. Cyberpower CP-H420P USB Hub, 4-Port, USB 2.0, 480Mbps, 1.1/2.0 Compatible, PC/MAC PlugNPlay

This device is small, attractive and convenient. I am well pleased so far.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philbert on October 6, 2012
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I initially bought this to control two computers, one running Windows XP x64 and the other running Windows 7 64bit, using a single keyboard and mouse. It didn't work that way. It seemed to perform just fine with the XP machine, and works with the Win7 machine when initially plugged in, but when switched to XP machine and back to the Win7 one, it doesn't recognize the mouse or keyboard. I did a little research, and it turns out Win7 likes to have pretty constant communication with some usb devices and if it doesn't, it gets upset. It does, however, seem to work well for switching my printer from one computer to the other. I'm not sure why it works with the printer and not the keyboard and mouse, but I expect it's something to do with the different ways the operating system communicates with the different devices.

And for the record, XP seemed to have no problems with the switching back and forth.

I've ordered a KVM switch which is supposed to be compatible with Windows 7, we shall see how that works.

Otherwise, this switch works well, as long as you use it for the right thing. Win7 seems to get offended when you take away some of its usb devices, so just be aware of that.
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