Keyspan USB Server
Im in a mixed marriage my wife has a PC and I have a Mac. We dont have a lot of desk space, so we use a Keyspan USB Server to share USB devices. This tiny (5 inch by 3 inch by 1 inch), silent device plugs into our network with an RJ45 connector at 100 megabits per second and accepts to up to four USB devices. A simple software application lets us connect our computers to one or more peripherals over the network. It works flawlessly with an Epson flatbed scanner, a card reader, Jump drives, and a USB-powered Zip drive. We could also use it for printers and larger disk drives, but because the USB Server only lets one computer use a peripheral at a time and because it uses the slower USB 1.1 standard we stick with a dedicated print server and a network storage device for those circumstances. Still, the USB Server keeps us from buying two of everything and saves us the hassle of unplugging and plugging when we want to move a device from one machine to another.
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