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StarTech.com 4-to-1 USB 2.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch
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- Share a high speed USB 2.0 device with up to 4 computers and easily switch between them through push-buttons, keyboard hot-key commands, or software
- A compact desktop form factor and no external power requirement makes for an easy to use and portable data switch
- Backed by a StarTech.com 1-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
- Push-button, hot-key controls or software for switching between computers
- Compliant with the USB 2.0 standard, with data transfer rates up to 480Mbps
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The USB421HS 4-to-1 USB Switch Box allows for a USB 2.0 device to be shared with up to 4 different computer systems, without having to disconnect and reconnect the cabling everytime. Push-button controls makes switching between computers quick and easy, with additional keyboard hot-key switching and Windows based software also available. With no external power adapter required, and with its compact design, the USB 2.0 data switch takes up very little space and is easily portable. Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
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Push-Button, Hot-Key Controls or Software For Switching Between Computers
The USB421HS 4-to-1 USB Switch Box allows for a USB 2.0 device to be shared with up to four different computer systems, without having to disconnect and reconnect the cabling everytime. Push-button controls makes switching between computers quick and easy, with additional keyboard hot-key switching and Windows based software also available.
Quickly and easily share a USB 2.0 device between four different computers.
Share a USB printer or All-in-One between four local computers.
Switch a USB peripheral between four computers on a work bench.
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- Push-button, hot-key controls or software for switching between computers.
- Compliant with the USB 2.0 standard, with data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps.
- Powered directly from the USB port.
- Compact desktop form factor design.
- Plug-and-Play compatible.
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This device is 4 inches long, and allows the user to hook up USB peripherals to more than one computer. the computers can then request use of the peripherals, and it will switch the control between the two. The switch can be controlled by software supplied with the control, or by the button on the top. this makes it ideal for remote use. The descriptions never seem to mention that you could choose to put a USB hub on the switch, and share many peripherals between the computers. This does work, I've tried it. I would ensure you use a USB hub with a power source though, seems a tough ask to expect the switch to support it all.
My only gripe is that when you request control of the USB devices from the passive machine, it doesn't put up any form of warning on the currently controlling machine. I would have liked a 5 second timeout on a Yes/No window. Maybe someone is requesting use of kit I'm in the process of using! Likewise I would have liked to see the option to lock the switch for x minutes, so if I'm using the disk drive that's attached I could set a lock for 1 hour and then the process could complete before anyone was allowed access. This could be fed back to the requesting machine, not available for x minutes, etc. Alas it DOES NOT DO THIS. So it's got some rather tedious limitations on that side.
However, it does the job and I do like it. It's solidly built. Light enough to Velcro on my machine.
Could easily do better, but very good.
I say nearly spot on because on one input, once it's on there it stays there and no amount of pressing and swearing will make it change to a different input. I have to unplug that input, wait for a bit, then change to a different one. Why it sticks on that particular input I don't know.
Unfortunately the manual facility does not work when you try to use a wireless keyboard it is almost like a some protocol overides the manual switch facility avoiding you from manually switching it. This forced me to use the software and retain connection of the wireless mouses to use the software to force switch the KVM however here in lies the problem if you use a password or your PC have a power up password you will not be able to switch to PC manually.
If you have multiple wireless keyboard and mouse Combo's then you can retain their connectivity and add one to the KVM switch leave the rest in storage however you will still need the mouse and the software for each unit to switch the KVM. No good for job entended.
Cabling is well thought out and if you have the urge to have neat cabling then this unit is a definate buy. I have not tested it with with Wecam's or Printers but I guess it will work well it is now consined to if needed box
It is certainly better than the Digitus version I purchased, that refused to work at all (returned).
It also struggles when too many high throughput peripherals are being used. For example, I connected a USB3 hub with 2 display link adapters to it. This caused regular power blips to occur. I'm unsure at the moment if this is to do with the USB hub, or with this. I don't remember it happening before I bought the the sharing switch. As I don't use the display link adapters on one of the computers this is connected to, I have simply disabled the devices in that particular OS.
Sometimes it needs a double switch to pick things up correctly.
Overall, I've managed to get this to do what I want, but there is a rather long exception list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It did the job to share 1 printer with 2 systems using windows 7.Published 9 months ago by Terence E Gale
does not work i have not got the time to mess about sending it backPublished 14 months ago by MR K A WAGSTAFF
it works as described but...if you power down the pc the usb switch will revert back to socket 1, which can be rather frustrating.Published 15 months ago by stu
Small, unobstusive and worked without having to be set up allowing a Mac & Windows machine to share a printerPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works very well. It is a switch and only maintains a connection to one computer at a time. Meets my needs though.Published 18 months ago by a_Sh0pper
Used as part of a dual machine setup - allows me to switch keyboard/mouse/accessories between machines.Published 19 months ago by Michael
Doesn't like it unless both devices are connected and on, sort of defeats the pointPublished 20 months ago by D