A USB switch allows sharing a certain number of USB devices among computers without the need of networking those devices. When using a USB switch there is no need to plug the device to one computer, then unplug it and go and plug to other computer in order to use it there. With the touch of a button on USB switch, the USB hardware is instantly available for any computer connected to it.

Types of USB switches:

There are various models of USB switches. Some of them are developed for two PCs to share one device; they are mostly targeted on home users who usually need to share a printer, scanner or memory card reader between their home PC and a laptop. Others have incoming ports or connectors for up to four PCs and have an outgoing port for one USB device. Some others may allow sharing four USB devices among four computers.

USB hub or USB switch?

USB hubs are the opposite of a USB switch. With a hub a single computer is able to access multiple devices without having to plug and unplug. Again, very useful for working quickly and uninterrupted.

Did you know?

You can use USB Network Gate software to share USB devices among computers, no additional hardware is needed.