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|
|Item Package Weight||1.1 pounds||0.45 pounds||0.6 pounds||0.75 pounds|
|Number Of Ports||2||2||2||4|
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From the Manufacturer
No more plugging and unplugging computer devices. With the Kensington ShareCentral 2, two computers can share a printer, hard drive, scannerany two USB devicesand 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.
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Whats Inside the Box
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great shame this is discontinued as it is a great product if you need to share a device between computers. Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Doctor
Works great for switching between 2 computers for 1 printer, doesn't slow down data to the printer, I have to manually select the source every time the computer boots.Published 19 months ago by Frank Beran
The headline says it all: it's a good product, but the printer auto switch function depends on a driver that is not available for linux. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by João Carlos de Lima Roscoe
it hooked up easily and worked without a fuss. The only problem I have with it is that it takes up to 5 seconds to switch.Published on July 11, 2013 by Needsnaming
I use this to switch my keyboard and mouse from my HTPC to my gaming computer. It does exactly what I need, though I often have to press the buttons more than once to get it to... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Todd Morin
I use this as the "KM" portion of my KVM setup. It works great, for the most part. All of the functions on my gaming mouse and keyboard work just fine. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Andrew Russell
This product routinely (and unpredictably) caused My Mac (OSX 10.6.8) to do a hard crash requiring a full restart. Such behavior is completely unacceptable. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Jim