USB Switch

Do you want to connect two or more computers in your home or office and share your USB peripherals like your scanner, copier or cameras? If you do, then you need a USB switch. You will be able to save time and money by connecting them with a USB switch. Connecting them with a switch will make it so much more convenient and easier to use than having to plug and unplug each device separately into a different computer every time you want to use it on a different one. All you have to do is press a button on the switch or press one of your pc hot keys and then you can instantly use your copier, scanner or camera on any computer it is connected too.

Home computer users who have at least two computers can share a single device, such as a printer and eliminate the need to buy two different printers. For example, if two of your children have laptops and you use a desktop pc, you all three can share the same printer, scanner or memory card reader. There is a 2 port USB switch for connecting the peripherals on two computers and 4 port USB switches that will connect up to four computers. When you buy a switch you have to make sure you get the right kind of USB switch for your needs.

You can also switch between consoles by just pressing a button on the USB switch. This is great if you only want to use one keyboard, video and mouse console if you have more than one computer in your home. The added benefit is that you will be able to save a lot of money on consoles too by only buying one console set up. However, you will want to make sure you buy the right switch to support your particular monitor refresh rates and resolution. You may have to do some research on your own to make sure you buy the right kind for your needs.

The features to look for in a 2 port USB switch are that it should be 2.0 certified and support Hi-speed devices. It should not need an external power supply, so make sure it is Bus powered. You should not need any additional drivers so look for the Plug-n-Play feature too. The USB switch should work by using the computer selector button or hot keys on your PC. You will probably want one that is PC and Mac compatible too. You should also look for the feature of a LED computer selection status indicator so you will be able to tell which PC you are using. Don’t forget to make sure it comes with a user manual too. The 4 port USB switch should include all of the above features only it should have the ability to connect up to four computers and be compatible with all USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices.

These switches are not very expensive and can save you a lot of money by condensing your need down to only one copier, printer, scanner or monitor.

You can find several different websites online where you can order the 2 port or 4 port USB switch and have it delivered to your home. If you need more information about how a USB switch is installed or how it works, you can also find advice online in one of the tech forums or go into an electronics store and talk to an expert about it.

You can also find USB switches at many retail computer stores that have knowledgeable sales people to get more advice from.

This USB Switch Review is Written/Updated on Nov 24th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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