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Windows 7: USB Switch for using one speaker set for two PCs

10 Jan 2018   #1
anjou2

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
USB Switch for using one speaker set for two PCs

Can I use a simple USB switch to enable either of two PCs to play through one set of speakers.


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10 Jan 2018   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

What kind of speakers do you have? If they are USB connected (for both power and audio) a USB switch will probably work.
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10 Jan 2018   #3
anjou2

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks fb, I'm sure they are USB, will confirm and try out.
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10 Jan 2018   #4
chefduane

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1
 
 

I would think a simple A/B USB switch would work just fine as long as the speakers are powered externally.
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11 Jan 2018   #5
anjou2

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK. the speakers (Active 85n) are powered externally but, at the moment, are connected to one of the PCs with a (non-USB) plug which goes into the round green socket at the rear of that PC
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11 Jan 2018   #6
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

If they are the conventional 3.5mm stereo plug type rather than USB then a USB switch would not work.
Maybe with some type of USB to 3.5mm converter then you could switch them with USB.
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11 Jan 2018   #7
chefduane

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1
 
 

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12 Jan 2018   #8
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chefduane View Post
3.5mm audio jack is analog, usb is digital - conversion is needed to go from one to the other. That device looks like it's just an adapter ie a wire.
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12 Jan 2018   #9
chefduane

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1
 
 

From the description on the advertisement sounds like you may be correct. But what device uses a digital 3.5 jack? What am I missing?

TTL232R Converter Cable Provides a USB to TTL Serial Interface with Various End Connectors, Internal EEPROM with User Writeable Area, Entire USB Protocol Handled by the Electronics in the Cable USB

Features:

USB-COM-PLUS Modules Provide a Simple Method of Adapting Legacy Serial Devices (RS232, RS422, RS485) to Modern USB Ports
Available in Single, Dual or Quad Port Options
Single Port Modules Feature a USB 2.0 Full Speed (12 Mb/s) Interface While All Multiport Modules Feature a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480 Mb/s)
Single Port Modules Feature a USB 2.0 Full Speed (12 Mb/s) Interface While All Multiport Modules Feature a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480 Mb/s)
Maximum Baud Rates for RS232 Versions Is 1M Baud and for the RS422/485 Version is 3M Baud (Single Channel) and 10M Baud (Multi-Channel)
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12 Jan 2018   #10
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

A 3.5mm (1/8") switch box would be much easier and cheaper than a USB. No conversion is needed.
Here is an example, Two inputs and one output.

Little Bear MC102 High Quality 2 PORT 3.5mm STEREO Switch Box AUX Speaker selector-in Headphone Amplifier from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
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