Belkin F1U400 USB Switch - F1U400

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If you have multiple computers and want to switch your USB devices between them, this is the right box. No special s/w required. you can switch any usb device to any computer, and switch multiple devices to a single computer. devices and computers can be a mix of usb 1.1 and 2.0 speeds. (But if you switch in a 1.1 device to a computer, the 2.0 devices on that computer will slow down.) I've used this to switch memory card readers. DVD writers, CD writers, and diskette drives. It is supposed to do printer sharing too but I haven't tried that. It even works in switching devices between windows and OS/2 systems -- should be fine for linux as well. It has lights to show with computers and which devices are powered on, and the device lights blink when traffic flows.

-Chuck quote

As far as switches go, this one is pretty decent. There is another automatic switching Belkin but I choose to go with this item cause it does not require you to add softeware for switching. It takes a while to figure out what the lights represent. Even weirder is trying to figure out which buttons to push. However, the learning curve is not too bad. I have a USB scanner, USB Printer, USB External Drive and a MP3 player (that requires a computer to charge up). This is a better option than setting up an ethernet network in your home. The only problem may be finding long enough USB cables.

-Simon Kwok quote

Crossbar switch works great

by Chuck on 1/18/2005

If you have multiple computers and want to switch your USB devices between them, this is the right box. No special s/w required. you can switch any usb device to any computer, and switch multiple devices to a single computer. devices and computers can be a mix of usb 1.1 and 2.0 speeds. (But if you switch in a 1.1 device to a computer, the 2.0 devices on that computer will slow down.) I've used this to switch memory card readers. DVD writers, CD writers, and diskette drives. It is supposed to do printer sharing too but I haven't tried that. It even works in switching devices between windows and OS/2 systems -- should be fine for linux as well. It has lights to show with computers and which devices are powered on, and the device lights blink when traffic flows.

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Got more than one computer?

by Simon Kwok on 5/28/2006

As far as switches go, this one is pretty decent. There is another automatic switching Belkin but I choose to go with this item cause it does not require you to add softeware for switching. It takes a while to figure out what the lights represent. Even weirder is trying to figure out which buttons to push. However, the learning curve is not too bad. I have a USB scanner, USB Printer, USB External Drive and a MP3 player (that requires a computer to charge up). This is a better option than setting up an ethernet network in your home. The only problem may be finding long enough USB cables.

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Product Overview

The Belkin 4x4 USB Peripheral Switch (the Switch) lets you access four USB devices-such as printers, cameras, scanners, and external hard drives-from up to four computers simultaneously. This convenient design gives you immediate access to your USB devices through both a push button and through our new, easy-to-use Switch software. It keeps all your devices available without your having to detach and reconnect them from one computer to another, and gives you the option of using them all from a single computer or assigning each device to any of the connected computers.

Specifications

Manufacturer Belkin
Mfg Part# F1U400
SKU 10334982
UPC 722868432891
UPC 14 00722868432891
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Product Guide Click Here for the Belkin Store
Features
Product Type USB Switch
Manufacturer Part Number F1U400
Manufacturer Belkin International, Inc
Product Name F1U400 USB Switch
Brand Name Belkin
Package Contents EASY-TO-USE SOFTWARE INTERFACE FOR MAC AND WINDOWS USERS
Weight (Approximate) 3.20 oz
Form Factor External
Height 1.9"
Width 6"
Depth 4.3"
Host Interface USB
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
Ports 4 x 4-pin Type A USB - / 4 x 4-pin Type B USB -
Temperature 41°F (5°C) to 104°F (40°C) Operating
Product Type USB Switch
Manufacturer Part Number F1U400
Manufacturer Website Address www.belkin.com
Manufacturer Belkin International, Inc
Product Name F1U400 USB Switch
Brand Name Belkin
Additional Information Supports PC and Mac computers Installs and operates easily Includes easy-to-use software interface for Mac and Windows users Connects USB devices at up to 30 feet from your computer Features automatic USB printer sharing for Mac and Windows operating systems Offers manual push buttons for device selection Monitors status through LED indicators Works with USB 2.0 devices at transfer speeds of up to 12Mbps
Package Contents EASY-TO-USE SOFTWARE INTERFACE FOR MAC AND WINDOWS USERS
Compatibility Mac PC
Certifications & Standards USB 1.1 Specification FCC Class B certified CE ICES-003 IEC 61000-3-2 IEC 61000-3-3
System Requirements Apple MacOS 9.x Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME Apple MacOS X 10.x Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP Mouse or compatible device CD-ROM USB port
Dimensions 1.90" Height x 6" Width x 4.30" Depth
Weight (Approximate) 3.20 oz
Form Factor External
Power Source Self-powered
Host Interface USB
Data Transfer Rate 12 Mbps USB
Device Support Up to 4
Connectivity Technology Cable -
Standard Warranty 1 Year

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