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Silex SX1000U

Silex SX1000U
Summary USB 1.1 Device server with support for wide range of USB devices. Does not support USB audio / video (Isochronous) devices

Keyspan USB Server

Keyspan USB Server
Summary USB 1.1 Device server with built-in 4 port hub and primarily printer, scanner and multifunction printer support. Does not support USB audio / video (Isochronous) devices
Silex SX-1000U   KeySpan USB Server
Pros Cons   Pros Cons
  • Supports up to 15 devices (via additional USB hubs)
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP only
  • Hard to find
  • Max Transfer Speeds of 12Mbs
  • 1:1 device-to-host configuration
  • Requires external USB hub to support
    more than one device
  • Does not support webcams or other Isochronous USB devices
 
  • Built-in 4 port USB 1.1 hub
  • Supports Mac OS X v10.2.8 and up as well as WinXP, 2000
  • Widely available
  • 1:N (automatic) sharing for USB printers
  • Max Transfer Speeds of 12Mbs
  • 1:1 device-to-host configuration
  • Does not support webcams or other Isochronous USB devices

Introduction

What exactly is a USB Server? Well, to put it simply, a USB Server allows you to access USB Devices over the network through Ethernet. There are significant benefits to USB serving, including being able to share a multi-function USB printer, which you normally cannot fully do in a Windows Network. However, each networked USB device must be used in one-to-one device-to-host relationship based on "reservations" made by each user. The exception to this 1:1 device-to-host relationship is for USB printers, which I'll touch on later.

In this review, I'll be comparing two USB Server products: the Silex SX-1000U USB Device Server and Keyspan USB Server.

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