Pros Pretty easy setup. Works well, when it works.
Cons No workaround for incompatible products.
Summary This unit works fine with my Canon MP600 multifunction. Finally got my work laptop and home laptop to use the same printer. However, I have a Seagate USB external hard drive that will show up in the control program and on the computer but still can't access it. Tech support's only answer was that it is incompatible and there is no "compatibility list" available to know that. Very disappointing.
Pros It looks pretty.
Cons Everything else.
Summary Set up went smoothly. After plugging in a scanner, printer, and 2 hard drives, I was happy to see that they all showed up, and tests showed that they were successfully installed. Scanning, printing, and accessing the drives went smoothly. Then, I turned off the computer and went to bed.
It's never been the same since. One hard drive shows up in the drive list under "My computer" in XP, the other does not, even though it does show up in the Belkin control center. No program can find the printer, even though it shows up in the control center as well. No amount of rebooting, or resetting the wireless router, the Belkin device, computer, peripherals, etc., works.
Working with my second computer was worse. It was a brand new computer with a clean XP install. I figured that I would at least try to make sure that it wasn't the first XP system that was the problem. It was not. The second system became unstable to the point of having to power-cycle it when it froze.
I updated the firmware and downloaded the latest drivers from Belkin, to see if that was the issue. The same issues were evident, and in the case of the first system, worse. I'm now taking an old laptop and using it as a print/storage server, as I intended in the beginning, before finding this gem.
I will still buy products manufactured by Belkin, as this is the only lemon that I have stumbled upon after many years of buying their innovative products, but this one's going back to where I purchased it.
Pros Easy setup to router and USB devices
Cons Haven't found any yet.
Summary Easiest setup of any device I have used. One step below "plug and play" because you have to use the install disk. Easily found my printer/scanner (HP 4180) and my external hard drive. The automatic connect disconnect feature for the printer is fast and works great. If the printer is in use by another user it automatically connects you for your print job when they are done. I have 3 computers, one wireless, on my network and all function great through this hub. I highly recommend this unit.
"SXUPTP issues"on by rogercruse
Pros Works OK if you can install the driver
Cons Give up if you can't!
Summary I installed the SXUPTP driver required to use this device without issue on my desktop machine in no time at all.
However, my laptop machine wasn't so easy and I hit a "chicken & egg" issue with the driver installation failing with the error "SXUPTP Driver has not been installed, please reinstall the application"
OK. So how do I un-install the driver? The simple "go to add / remove applications" instruction doesn't really help so SXUPTP isn't listed.
SXUPTP must be used by an existing application but there's no help on the BELKIN website or response from there support function.
I've purchased many Belkin products over the years but I'm very disappointed in this one.
"Glorified Switch"on by chnelson04
Pros multiple usb devices connected via network
Cons Works with only one pc at a time
Summary Ease of set-up really depends on the devices you are connecting. Both printers I tried required re-installation of the print drivers even though the printers had been previously installed. For one, this happened every time the device was connected. The device also requires disconnected from the PC that previously established a connection. Since you cannot do this automatically, if someone forgets to disconnect, you have to walk to the machine to disconnect prior to connecting the new machine. No better than an A/B switch which requires no software installation and overhead. For printing, a networked print server is a much better option at a fraction of the price.