Multiple USB devices.

Discussion in 'Acer Iconia Tab A500 Forum' started by Icebike, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Icebike

    Icebike Senior Member

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    On a lark, I plugged my Acer into the USB input port of a USB hub.

    Then I plugged a USB drive, a keyboard and a mouse into the hub.
    They all worked perfectly.

    When I plugged in a camera (as the second USB storage device) I couldn't access it.
    So apparently you can only use one device of USB Storage at a time.

    Still, if you have a keyboard with a couple USB slots on the back for a mouse and a USB Thumb drive, this could make a pretty cool home-made docking station.
     
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    Confirmed! I did it with a Targus usb hub that has 4 usb ports on it. I just plugged in a usb keyboard, a usb thumb drive (which I typically keep in the Acer usb slot) and a usb mouse. I wish I could think of something else to plug into that fourth port.

    Well done, Ice.
     
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    Im actually surprised! I kinda figured that you could only accessone storage device at once (there is only one usb_storage on 3.1, so that kijda explains why), but the fact that it can read a mouse and keyboard PLUS a storage device is amazing to me. First, I just didnt expect this tabletto read more than one usb device at a time, but second, I didnt think the usb had enough power. Was your hub externally powered, and if usb powered, did it drain your battery pretty fast?

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  4. Icebike

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    On my case the hub was externally powered.

    This doesn't seem like a big deal breaker, because anywhere i would use a keyboard and mouse i will have a plug in for the hub or the tablet itself.
     
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