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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

  • USB 3.0 data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps
  • Connect a USB hub to share additional peripherals
  • Push-button controls for switching between computers
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  • USB-Powered, no additional power adapter or wall outlet required
  • Includes 2 USB A-B cables for PC to switch connection
  • Compact design
  • Plug-and-Play, no software or drivers required
¥6,352 JPY exc tax
¥6,860 JPY inc tax

Overview

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.

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

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

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 3.0
Fast-Charge Port(s) No
Ports 2
USB-C Device Port(s) No
USB-C Host Connection No
Performance
Maximum Cable Length 4.9 ft [1.5 m]
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Connector(s)
External Ports 1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
2 - USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
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)
Indicators
LED Indicators 2 - Computer selection indicators
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 0~80% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Form Factor Compact
Product Height 0.9 in [22 mm]
Product Length 2.7 in [69 mm]
Product Weight 1.4 oz [40 g]
Product Width 1.7 in [42 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 8.4 oz [239 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB 3.0 Sharing Switch
2 - 1m USB 3.0 A-B Cables
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.