2 Port 2-to-1 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch – USB Powered

Share a single USB 3.0 device between two different computers

Product ID: USB221SS

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  • USB 3.0 data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps
  • Push-button controls for switching between computers
  • Connect a USB hub to share additional peripherals
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The USB221SS 2-to-1 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch lets you share a single USB 3.0 peripheral with 2 different computer systems, avoiding the cost of purchasing duplicate peripherals or the hassle of swapping cables from one system to another.

The USB sharing switch delivers speed and flexibility, with simple push-button controls for switching between computers, and support for SuperSpeed USB bandwidth (up to 5 Gbps) ensuring fast data transfers to/from your shared peripheral device. The switch is also backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 (480Mbps, 12Mbps respectively), so you don't have to worry about your computer or older peripherals not performing.

The 2-port USB switch can also be connected to a USB hub, to expand the number of devices you can share between the two connected systems, or to a USB drive enclosure or docking station, for a shared external storage solution.

The switch features a compact design that takes up minimal desk space and is USB-powered, so it doesn't require an AC wall outlet.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Share a USB printer or All-in-One between 2 local computers
  • Switch a USB 3.0 peripheral between 2 computers on a work bench
  • Connect an external hard drive between the two systems for merging data to a single shared drive

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Reduce operating costs by sharing peripheral devices
  • Save time with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data transfer rates
  • Push-button operation for simple switching

Partner Numbers

  • Tech Data 11171242
  • ASI 140424
  • D&H USB221SS
  • Ingram Micro USA RZ0420
  • SYNNEX US STA-USB221SS
  • UPC 065030850902

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS Independent - No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 2 - External Ports USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0
1 - External Ports USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity 0~80% RH
Hardware USB-C Device Port(s) No
USB-C Host Connection No
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Ports 2
Bus Type USB 3.0
Indicators 2 - LED Indicators Computer selection indicators
Packaging Information Package Height 141,0 ft [43 m]
Package Length 429,7 ft [131 m]
Shipping (Package) Weight 506,1 lb [229 kg]
Package Width 531,4 ft [162 m]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps
Maximum Cable Length 4,9 ft [1,5 m]
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Physical Characteristics Form Factor Compact
Weight of Product 88,4 lb [40 kg]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 226,3 ft [69 m]
Product Width 137,8 ft [42 m]
Product Height 72,2 ft [22 m]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility OS Independent - No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note The total cable length from host system to your connected peripheral should not exceed 2.5m (8.2ft)
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB 3.0 Sharing Switch
2 - Included in Package 1m USB 3.0 A-B Cables
1 - Included in Package Instruction Manual

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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.

Compliance and safety

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  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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A solution for Home Office

By: GeofSpa - 08/19/2020
I bought this yesterday to allow me to switch a poawerd USB hub hosting 4 displays, a keyboard and Mouse and a Webcam between my personal laptop and my organisation work laptop. I used to have to unplug USB from one and plug in the other to switch computer, but now I can, with the push of a button, switch easily and without wear and tear to the USB Ports. This was easy to install, and worked first time straight out of the box.
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