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4-to-1 USB 2.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch

Quickly and easily share a USB 2.0 device between four different computers

Product ID: USB421HS

  • Push-button, hot-key controls or software for switching between computers
  • Compliant with the USB 2.0 standard, with data transfer rates up to 480Mbps
  • Powered directly from the USB port
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  • Compact desktop form factor design
  • Plug-and-Play compatible
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Overview

The USB421HS 4-to-1 USB Switch Box allows for a USB 2.0 device to be shared with up to 4 different computer systems, without having to disconnect and reconnect the cabling everytime. Push-button controls makes switching between computers quick and easy, with additional keyboard hot-key switching and Windows® based software also available.

With no external power adapter required, and with its compact design, the USB 2.0 data switch takes up very little space and is easily portable. Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Share a high speed USB 2.0 device with up to 4 computers and easily switch between them through push-buttons, keyboard hot-key commands, or software
  • A compact desktop form factor and no external power requirement makes for an easy to use and portable data switch
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Applications

Share a USB printer or All-in-One between 4 local computers

Switch a USB peripheral between 4 computers on a work bench

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Interface USB 2.0
Ports 4
Performance
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480 Mbps
Connector(s)
External Ports 1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Female
4 - USB B (4 pin) Female
Software
OS Compatibility OS Independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements
Note Port switching software and Hotkeys are only Windows compatible.
Indicators
LED Indicators 4 - Computer Selection
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 0% ~ 90% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Silver
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 0.7 in [19 mm]
Product Length 4 in [101 mm]
Product Weight 2.8 oz [80 g]
Product Width 2 in [50 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 6.2 oz [175.5 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB Data Switch
2 - USB cable
1 - Software CD
1 - Instruction Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

4-to-1 USB 2.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch

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