|Data Transfer Rate||5 Gigabits Per Second|
|Number of Ports||3|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Product Dimensions||7 x 4.3 x 2.3 cm; 100 Grams|
|Item Weight||100 g|
|Item Model Number||USB3-SWITCH2|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||28 June 2018|
Plugable USB 3.0 Sharing Switch for One-Button Swapping of USB Device or Hub Between Two Computers (AB Switch)
- 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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In The Box
- 1x Plugable USB 3.0 Sharing Switch
- 2x USB-A to USB-B Cables (1m)
A single button press is all that's required to toggle between connected computers. Blue LED indicator lights show which connected computer has control.
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.
Switch works with any USB-enabled computer without drivers. Attached external devices will still require drivers as usual.
- 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 2.0/1.1 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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By Iain on 1 August 2021
The device is super simple to use, the cords are long enough (maybe 90cm) and it is plug and play, so minimal setup required.
The one issue I had is that after switching a few times, my laptops believed that my keyboard was defective and disabled it, the only way to enable it again was to pull out the usb and put it back in. This happened maybe after 4 switches. I was using Windows 10 and the error would occur on both my work laptop (dell) and my personal one (asus, ROG).
I can switch monitors, keyboard, mouse, headset and webcam from laptop to desktop computer anytime with clicking on USB switch.
By Vamsi K. on 23 July 2021
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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.