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Kensington ShareCentral 2 for USB Device Sharing (K33900US)

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  • Easily share access to USB devices between two computersâ¿¿LED lights indicate which computer has access
  • Gain instant access to your USB devices by plugging one USB cable into your computer
  • Simply press a button to switch individual USB devices from one computer to another
  • Both computers have direct access to the printer thanks to Automatic Printer Sharing
  • Plug and play set up and easy to use with no network required
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Color Black 2-Port USB 3.0 2-Port USB 2.0 4-Port USB 2.0
Dimensions 3 inches x 6 inches x 8 inches x x 4.57 inches x 3.5 inches x 1.81 inches x x
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Number Of Ports 2 2 2 4
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Product Description

Kensington ShareCentral 2 for USB Device Sharing (

From the Manufacturer

No more plugging and unplugging computer devices. With the Kensington ShareCentral 2, two computers can share a printer, hard drive, scanner—any two USB devices—and switch between them with the touch of a button. With a small footprint and cable management, it fits seamlessly with your computing environment.

Sharing at Home
With different family members using different computers to access the same peripherals, sharing devices can be difficult. The ShareCentral 2 lets everyone access the printer or other device quickly and easily. By plugging in a USB cable to your computer you instantly have access to all the shared peripherals; truly plug-n-play.

Swapping Made Simple
To get access to a desired peripheral simply push the button associated with it. Color coded LEDs let the user know which computer is enabled.

Features
  • Easily share access to USB devices between two computers-LED lights indicate which computer has access
  • Gain instant access to your USB devices by plugging one USB cable into your computer
  • Simply press a button to switch individual USB devices from one computer to another
  • Both computers have direct access to the printer thanks to Automatic Printer Sharing
  • Easy to set up and easy to use with no network required
  • Eliminates cable clutter and is wall mountable
  • Plug-n-play

What’s Inside the Box

  • ShareCentral 2
  • 2 color-coded USB cables
  • Cable holder
  • Power adapter
  • 2 spare keycaps
  • Software CD
  • Quick start guide

Technical Requirements

  • PC and Mac compatible
  • No software required for basic features
  • Automatic Printer Sharing supported with included software and for computer running Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • Two USB ports
  • LED indicator lights


Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 8 x 3 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0014IUVQA
Item model number K33900US
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,356 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Hubs
Date first available at Amazon.com September 14, 2004

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Verified Purchase
I bought this device a few weeks ago to share my keyboard and mouse among two computers (one desktop and one laptop). The device works very well and I have not had a single problem. It even works with a USB hub!! How cool is that!

I bought the device for $8.50 on Amazon which I think is really a bargain. What I really don't get is why the 1 port USB share (Kensington ShareCentral 1 for USB Device Sharing (K33903US)) is more expensive than this one, which shares 2 USB ports. Anyways, after using it for a few weeks, I like the device so much that I bought another three. I don't really need that many myself but I'm sure my siblings' families will love this device for their home. I mean, who doesn't have more than one computer these days.

There are few things I want to bring to your attention before you consider buying this device:

1) Switching Scheme

Initially, I was a little confused on the nature of the sharing scheme. This devices shares USB devices, NOT computers. I originally thought the two buttons are for Computer 1 and Computer 2. But actually, it's for USB device 1 and USB device 2.

How is that different you might ask. Well, when I plugged my keyboard and mouse in to the two shared ports, I pressed the first button thinking that both keyboard and mouse will work on Computer 2. But in actual fact, only the keyboard switched to Computer 2, the mouse is still on Computer 1. This is because the button is for switching the shared device (Device 1, which in my case is just the keyboard). So if I want to switch BOTH keyboard and mouse, I have to press both buttons once to switch both devices to the alternate computer.
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I bought this ShareCentral 2 to share a keyboard and mouse between two computers. In short, the device delivers. You plug everything in and it works, without need to install any software. Switching control between computers is easy, just press a button on top of the device.

I have purchased a couple devices from Belkin and others in the last few years that promised USB switching capability, but none of them worked all that well, so I'm happy to see something finally accomplish this.

Note that, as the other reviewer indicates, the documentation is pretty worthless and there is nothing more detailed online. All it really includes is a setup diagram. The diagram is sufficient to connect everything, but includes a step where you place the included CD in your computer's drive. And then you do nothing with that CD and do not need--what? Just ignore the CD and you'll be fine.
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I bought this so I could share a printer with one other.
Once you install the software on both computers and the
"mutual" usb device is hooked up, then you are on your way.
Works well for me, just click on the button that corresponds
to the computer you are using. I can't find any real fault
in this so it gets all 5 stars. It's not perfect but like
my title suggests, it works as advertised and now it's only
$10. Consider that since I paid $40 for this last year.
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Just as it was tough sharing your popcorn--or your favorite toy--when you were a kid, it's often tough to share USB devices between multiple computers without constantly plugging and unplugging cables. Kensington's ShareCentral(tm) series of devices aim to make sharing printers, hard drives, memory cards and virtually any other USB peripheral a tad less painful, by enabling one-button access to any connected device from any two Macs or PCs.

The ShareCentral series comes in three flavors, according to the number of USB peripherals they're capable of sharing. The ShareCentral 1 ($39.99) shares one device between 2 computers, while the ShareCentral 2 ($59.99) shares 2 devices. I'll let you do the math for the ShareCentral 5 ($79.95). Each comes with a power adapter and the necessary USB cables to connect two computers to the unit, helpfully color-coded orange and white in an attempt to head off any possible confusion that might be encountered during the connection process.

The rear panel of the unit provides one USB "A" connection for each peripheral it's capable of supporting. Since I was testing the ShareCentral 2 model, there were two USB ports to which I could connect my devices: my trusty but dated Olympus digital camera, and an 80 GB USB hard drive. I connected the ShareCentral to my 24" iMac and my MacBook prior to connecting my peripherals, and plugged in the AC adapter. On both Macs, the Keyboard Setup Assistant appeared instantly; it seems OS X recognizes the ShareCentral(tm) as an input device. I dismissed the assistant on both machines and it did not reappear in the course of my testing.
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After about 6 months of use, I believe I have enough experience with this device to provide a few comments.

Setup was easy, and I didn't have any trouble getting a single USB printer connected to two computers; one running Windows 7 and the other XP.

It was worth the low price that I paid, but it's not without some quirks of which you should be aware. Occasionally, the auto switching feature doesn't operate. Fortunately, switching is just a button push away, but it would be nice for this to work without fail. Perhaps installing some additional software would assist with this? (I don't recall installing a driver, but one might have been auto-installed when I plugged it in the first time.)

This device is capable of sharing two USB devices, which would allow for a second printer or, more likely, a USB hard drive to be connected. I haven't done that, so I don't have any experience with how that might or might not work.

I attached a Kill-A-Watt power meter to it, and found that it consumes 1.9-2.0 Watts during idle and while something is printing.

One minor issue is the brightness of the orange LED's that indicate which device are being connected. While the brightness level probably helps in a cubicle farm with dozens of flourescent lights all around, it's overkill in most environments. In a darkened office, it shines like a beacon, which could attract unwanted attention by those looking for tech to steal, and it also must consume more energy than is necessary.

Overall, I feel like this device is worth about $20, but not much more. It does the job it was purchased to do.
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