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IOGEAR GUB231 2-Port USB 2.0 Automatic Printer Switch

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Iogear's USB 2.0 Automatic Printer Switch allows two PCs and/or Macs to share one printer or multi-function printer. Simply submit a print job and the printer automatically switches to the preferred computer. The switch also enables two computers to easily share one external hard drive, scanner, or any USB device. No more plugging and unplugging between computers.

Automatic switch function is software based and only available with USB printer or the printer function of a multi-function printer. For connecting and using other types of USB devices, you can switch by using the push-button on the USB switch or with the included software.

  • newegg Share Peripherals between Two Computers The Iogear GUB231 Automatic Printer Switch allows you to share a printer or other USB 2.0 device between 2 computers without needing to rearrange plugs and cables.
  • newegg Automatic Printer Switch With the Auto function, the Iogear GUB231 switch automatically switches between two computers when connecting to a USB printer or multi-function printer.
  • newegg Portable Design The compact, sleek Iogear GUB231 is fully powered via USB without the need for a power cord or a bulky power adapter for the ultimate portability.


Learn more about the IOGEAR GUB231

Model

Brand
IOGEAR
Model
GUB231

Spec

Type
USB
PC Connectors
2 x USB Type B
Console Connectors
1 x USB Type A
Computer Connections
2 Ports
LED Indicators
Port Status: Green - Online / Orange - Locked
Host Status: Orange - Online

Features

Power Features
USB Bus powered
Features
Automatically switch from one computer to another when connecting to a USB printer or multi-function printer

Simply press a button to switch a USB device between computers - No software installation required

Active-port LED lights indicate which computer has access to the USB device

Switch-lock function prevents other users from switching the USB device and ensures data access consistency

USB 2.0 support with data transfer rate up to 480Mbps and USB 1.1 backward compatible

No external power supply needed

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Peter B.
  • 10/15/2014 7:08:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIOGear products just work

Pros: Easy to use
Small
Great product to share 1 USB printer between two PC's. Using this with an Optiplex 790 & Optiplex 320.

Cons: Taxes & Death but the product is great!

Other Thoughts: Rainbows, Unicorns, data packets passing like a summer breeze

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  • Frank M.
  • 3/16/2013 10:14:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIOGEAR GUB231 Works Great for Wireless Keyboard

Pros: Compact
Reasonably priced
Nice style
Button and software options

Cons: Volume on/off switch is hard to move and the volume is loud (sound effects are provided when switching between usb ports)

Other Thoughts: Works great to share a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse between desktop and laptop. Have not had any issues with this usage. Have not attempted to use it for its referenced use as printer switch.

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  • David J.
  • 7/18/2012 6:47:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsOnly good as a manual switch due to software memory leak

Pros: Installation was straight-forward and the device works as described when using the button to switch between PCs.

Cons: The included software for automatic switching does not release memory when a print job is complete, which causes other programs to have problems due to lack of available memory. IOGear tech support response was they do not understand why this issue is occurring and they do not have a solution. I was told to uninstall the software if I was having an issue.

Other Thoughts: The device appears to be solid and performs well as a manual switch; however, the automatic software cannot be used due to memory leak issues.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. This will be forwarded to the product manager for his review. We have not seen and have not been able to duplicate the problem you are describing with memory in regards to the GUB231. Once again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Senad T.
  • 8/23/2011 6:17:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat switch!

Pros: This switch worked out perfect for me! A lot of websites/forums claim you can't share wireless keyboards especially Logitech models with 2 different computers. This IOGEAR GUB 231 simply does that for me! I am now able to use 2 computers at home using both my Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard! It takes only a few secs for it scan/switch to the other computer. I am very happy with the guy. Don't hesistate getting this producet.

Cons: doesn't cut my grass

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2011 8:38:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsOne major debilitating flaw

Pros: Easy to set up. For the most part, does its job. Possible to share more than one device with a hub.

Cons: Powered by USB. This is good and bad. It's good because it's one less cable to deal with. It's bad because it doesn't get enough power from just one source to make it work properly, especially if sharing a hub (powered or not).

Other Thoughts: In my use case, one side of the switch was to be intermittent (portable computer). With that side disconnected, there was not enough power to make the switch function correctly. I even tried using a powered hub in the center port to try to compensate for the lack of power. It would have been great if external power was at least an option, but it is not. I stopped using it due to this flaw.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The device is designed for simple USB sharing application. However, the device should be able to support the USB device even without power adapter. Please feel free to contact our customer support at 1-866-946-4327 or email us: support@iogear.com. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2011 1:51:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsExpensive paperweight

Pros: Pretty lights work.

Cons: While the computers recognize the switch, it won't allow communications to attached device regardless of manual switching or software switching. No amount of driver reloading helps.

Other Thoughts: Waste of time and money. It would make more sense to apply the money for this switch to another device.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience.
We have reviewed your comments and have concluded that the unit you received is probably defective.
Since this product is backed by IOGEAR's 3 year warranty, please feel free to contact our customer support at 1-866-946-4327 or email us: support@iogear.com.
We will be glad to assist you and process an RMA for you.
Once again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Roger S.
  • 10/10/2010 5:52:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIogear Gub231 2-Port 2.0 Automatic Printer Switch

Pros: Does What it supposed to do, allows two computers to use one printer. Good simple directions in English & Spanish.
Works well so far.

Cons: Definitely is not "Automatic" You must remember to manually switch from one computer to another by the push-switch on the top of the unit....that's the only reason I docked it one egg.

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  • Arnulfo S.
  • 8/25/2010 4:38:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIOGear GUB231 2-Port USB 2.0 Automatic Printer Switch

Pros: Easy to set up the Automatic switch so you don't have to manually switch, easy to hook up, easy CD installation. Works like a charm

Cons: None

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