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What is a MultiSwitch Hub?

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What is a MultiSwitch Hub?

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With so many Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices on the market today and multiple computers in the home and office, the most common way to share these devices is to set up a Local Area Network (LAN). The only recent alternative was to cable-swap, or drag the devices back and forth between the computers. A USB MultiSwitch hub does not require a LAN and eliminates the hassle of carrying devices from one machine to another. The first USB MultiSwitch hub will hit stores in summer 2006, manufactured by chipmaker SMSC. The USB MultiSwitch hub is a “stick” of multiple USB ports internally configured to a network switch. The networking architecture imbedded in the MultiSwitch hub allows two LAN-less host computers to share multiple USB devices simultaneously. A USB MultiSwitch hub can detect data flow from each host and answer requests discriminately, sending the appropriate data to the proper host. For example, a laptop and desktop can simultaneously access a portable USB hard drive connected

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Asked in Computers & Accessories at 6:24 PM on October 27, 2008 Tags: multiswitch, hub

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With so many Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices on the market today and multiple computers in the home and office, the most common way to share these devices is to set up a Local Area Network (LAN). The only recent alternative was to cable-swap, or drag the devices back and forth between the computers. A USB MultiSwitch hub does not require a LAN and eliminates the hassle of carrying devices from one machine to another. The first USB MultiSwitch hub will hit stores in summer 2006, manufactured by chipmaker SMSC. The USB MultiSwitch hub is a “stick?of multiple USB ports internally configured to a network switch. The networking architecture imbedded in the MultiSwitch hub allows two LAN-less host computers to share multiple USB devices simultaneously. A USB MultiSwitch hub can detect data flow from each host and answer requests discriminately, sending the appropriate data to the proper host. For example, a laptop and desktop can simultaneously access a portable USB hard drive connected t

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