This USB network hub lets you share four USB peripheral devices over an IP network for access from multiple computers.
A simple and cost-effective resource sharing solution, the hub eliminates the need to purchase duplicate peripherals for each computer, by letting you reach USB devices from anywhere on your LAN, overcoming traditional USB cable connection distances.
Customer Reviews of StarTech.com 4 Port USB over IP Network Hub Adapter - USB Ethernet Device Server - 1 x Network (RJ-45) - 4 x USB - Ethernet
Startech USB device shareinator4/2/2012
I hooked up this device today, and it works fine. It is behind two switches in my network but it still connects to each PC as needed. It is slightly cumbersome to use, as each person who wants to access the Fujitsu Scansnap S1500 scanner must open the Startech USB software driver interface and click 'connect' while whomever used it previously must click 'disconnect'. But it does work smoothly. Better to buy this $60 device, in my case, than to buy another $420 USB scanner for each PC in my office, or to buy a $1200 network scanner.