Plugable USB 3.0 Sharing Switch for One-Button Swapping of USB Device or Hub Between Two Computers (AB Switch)
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- SIMPLE DEVICE SHARING - Compact design provides easy one-touch switching of a USB 3.0 device or hub between two computers
- ONE BUTTON TOGGLE - Attach a USB docking station or powered USB hub that is connected to keyboard, mouse, and USB graphics adapter for an all-USB KVM solution
- PLUG AND PLAY - Switch works with any USB-enabled computer without drivers, but note that any attached devices still require drivers. LED indicator lights show which connected computer has control of the attached devices
- COMPATIBILITY - Not recommended for switching mass storage devices such as hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, etc. We recommend using the provided 1m cables to connect the USB switch to your computer and keep connections less than 1.8m to your peripheral
- 2 YEAR WARRANTY: We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 24 month limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
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Share Your Device(s) With Simplicity
The Plugable USB 3.0 Sharing Switch (USB3-SWITCH2) is the ideal solution for one-touch switching of access between two computers to a:
- Powered USB 3.0 hub
- USB keyboard/mouse
- USB 3.0 graphics adapter
- USB 3.0 docking station
- Virtually any other USB 3.0/2.0/1.0 device
A single button press is all that's required to toggle between connected computers. Blue LED indicator lights show which connected computer has control.
Potential To Do More
Looking to provide two-computer access to a single keyboard, mouse, and display? Just attach the switch to a powered USB hub, then connect all your desired peripherals for an all-USB KVM solution.
Just Plug In And Switch Away
Switch works with any USB-enabled computer without drivers. Attached external devices will still require drivers as usual.
In The Box
- 1x Plugable USB 3.0 Sharing Switch
- 2x USB-A to USB-B Cables (1m/3ft)
- Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista, XP
- Not recommended for switching mass storage devices such as hard drives, flash drives, card readers, etc, as these devices should be unmounted or safely ejected via the host operating system prior to switching.
- Drivers are still required for the connected USB devices.
- The switch is backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.0 devices
- Simple passive USB switch means no power adapter is needed (bus-powered).
Incompatible Setups and Features
- Autosensing of hosts is not supported; manual press of the button is required.
- USB-C devices with video output are not supported.
- The use of USB-A to USB-B cables greater than 6ft/1.8m is not supported.
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The buttons on this switch pull the signal low (tie it to ground) when they're pressed. To add a remote, I just got a length of bundled 3 wire 24 gauge wires, a Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) switch.. like these: E Support Heavy Duty 20A 125V 15A 250V SPST 3 Terminal Pin (ON)-OFF-(ON) Momentary Rocker Toggle Switch Metal Bat Pack of 5 .. then soldered 1 wire to ground, and 1 wire to each switch on the USB switch. At the other end, the ground wire was tied to the middle pole on the switch, and each of the other wires was tied to one of the throws on the switch. The best part is that the buttons on the pluggable USB switch still work. The remote just allows you to act as though you hit the button on the switch itself. Pluggable -- please add a remote to your product! I've included some pictures so you can see how I modified it to have a remote.
Keep in mind, you'll void your warranty doing this, and could possibly cause damage to the plugged in systems or devices if you don't know what you're doing. I take no responsibility for you modifying a USB switch to try to replicate what I have done.
It works great with one exception. The computer on the A side must be connected and on to supply power or you cannot switch to the computer on the B side.
When I go to switch between my MacBook and PC there are problems with the light not switching to the other side even those the mouse and keyboard are active (I have a USB 3.0 HUB connected) on the other computer.
Also sometimes I need to cycle through twice to get the the other computer to recignize the devices, but this is a minor inconvenience. Especially compared to the 4 port IO gear switch that I had, where there were 4 slots to cycle through to try re-connecting. This is light years ahead of plugging the devices, or even the hub for that matter between the two computers. My monitor has an audio out, and accepts/switches audio from the DP connected to my computer and HDMI from my macbook. It also has EDID on all ports simultaneously for smooth switching between inputs. So this was that last thing I needed, too bad it does not work very well, but maybe I received a dud unit.
Overall, this is an excellent product with many uses only limited by one's imagination and application!
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With the switch selected to the capture device, it records with no problems, then on completion, pressing the other switch button connects the USB stick to my PC allowing me to download the video data without having to unlug or replug anything.
Note: The switch says in the description that it is unsuitable for USB sticks or external hard drives, but I understand this is because of the danger of data corruption if the drive is 'hot switched'. To prevent this, simply use 'Safe removal' of the USB drive in Windows, then once Windows says the drive is safe to remove, press the switch button to swap over.
What I usually do with LED's that are too bright is to write over them with black CD marker pen. That sometimes dims them down. Why they need to be so bright I don't know. Maybe so they can be seen from space.
The switch itself seems to work, but may leak a small amount of power to the unselected device.
Value for money though as the included leads would cost near enough the cost of the whole item by themselves. They are very thick USB 3 type leads.
On a safety level, don't look directly into bright LED lights for a length of time. Dull them down or cover them with tape.
UPDATE: Tried with a powered USB 2.0 hub, it works flawlessly so far. Changed to 5 stars.
Have my keyboard, wireless trackball and a 3d connexion mouse connected to a anker 7 port usb 3 powered hub which is then connected to the switch, one output goes to my desktop pc and the other one to another anker 7 port usb 3 powered hub which goes to my laptop, works fine.
Like most usb switches/hubs it's light and you need to use double sided tape or something to hold it down flat to the desk.
Personally I would have preferred it a bit wider and all usb ports on the back so I could have it further forward on the desk rather than as it is which is the input port at the front. The unit itself is made out of hard shiny plastic so not flimsy and the port connections are okay.
I bought this Pluggable switch to allow me to share my Pluggable UD3900 hub ( which is fantastic!), but it caused no end of connection/driver corruption issues when installed.
The tech support guys at Pluggable were really helpful, and did offer to send out a pre-tested replacement - but I'm afraid the overall build quality was just rather poor for a device costing this amount of money.
One thing I wish I knew before purchasing, is (unlike analog equivalents) you will need power to both devices to allow switching. I'm using this to switch a mouse between two computers and when I first set it up one of the computers was off. The switch didn't work because of this - I had to turn on bother computers before I could make a selection. Thankfully it remembers this and I don't have to have them both on all the time, but occasionally I have to re-do this which isn't ideal.
- it takes a few seconds to switch between machines, which is irritating
- sometimes you need to press the button a few times before it switches, which is annoying
- it looks and feels really flimsy and cheap
It's not a bad device, but I think it's overpriced given the less-than-brilliant quality
I have 2 pcs hooked up to this thing and they share my keyboard and mouse. Since I don't work on these two machines at the same time it works perfectly. Every time I want to use the other PC I just press the 1 or 2 in order to switch the input to the other machine. Takes about a second then it has switched. (Using windows 8.1 on both machines).
The price tag was a little high though.
And btw, the throughput when attaching an external HDD was pretty good too. Much better then using simple USB-2 interfaces.