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Plugable USB 2.0 Switch for One-Button Swapping of USB Device/Hub Between Two Computers (A/B switch)

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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). Attach a powered USB hub that is connected to keyboard, mouse, and USB graphics adapter for an all-USB KVM solution
  • Switch works with any USB-enabled computer without drivers - attached devices may require drivers as usual. LED indicator lights show which connected computer has control of the attached devices
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Not recommended for switching mass storage devices such as hard drives, flash drives, camera memory cards, etc. For best results, we *highly recommend* using the provided 3ft/1m cables to connect the USB switch to your computers and to keep the USB cable which connects your peripheral to the USB switch under 6ft/1.8m.
  • We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.
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Product Description

Size: USB 2.0

Product Description

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

Features

Connect two computers to the switch via the included five-foot USB A-to-B cables, attach either a single USB device or a powered 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.

Compatibility
 
  • The USB2-SWITCH2 works without drivers on any USB-enabled computer (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • The switch can connect USB 2.0/1.1-compliant devices and hubs, but to function in USB 2.0 mode, the host PC and attached device or hub both must be USB 2.0 compliant
  • Not recommended for switching mass storage devices such as hard drives, flash drives, camera memory cards, etc as these devices should be unmounted/"ejected" in the host OS prior to switching
  • USB devices that require the full 500mA of bus power provided by USB 2.0 are not recommended for use with this switch

In the Box

Plugable USB 2.0 switch, two 5' USB 2.0 A-to-B cables for connecting two computers to the switch

Product Information

Size:USB 2.0

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Plugable
Item model number USB2-SWITCH2
Item Weight 2.1 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.6 x 2.2 x 1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 3.6 x 2.25 x 1 inches

Additional Information

ASIN B006Z0Q2SI
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > KVM Switches
#23 in Computers & Accessories > External Components
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available January 18, 2012

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We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.

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Size: USB 2.0 Verified Purchase
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.

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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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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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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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