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    Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    I am interested in purchasing a 4 or 5 port networking switch (the kind that a Cat5 cable would connect to) which is USB powered. I am currently in London and have been searching on-line but am not sure which local electronics stores carry them. I could purchase one on-line and have it delivered but do not want to wait.

    I would rather walk in to an electronics store and pick one up.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated,
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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    Is this what you mean network switch if so there are plenty of Maplin stores throughout the UK store locator or search their site to see if they have what you want. They dont always have items "in store" so best check before travelling

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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    I am quite puzzled by the idea of USB-powering a network switch. There are quite often problems with having an un-powered USB hub, because sometimes the connected devices require more current than can be supplied.

    Jeff's suggested device is mains-powered by the usual transformer/rectifier plug mechanism, and I would expect any practical network switch to have a built-in main power supply mechanism or a power brick.
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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    BATcher,

    I travel quite a bit and just the thought of having another power adapter to carry along just doesn't work for me. I already travel with five different power adapter

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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    Seems to me that what you really ought to be looking for is a single power adapter with multiple, multi-volt DC, outputs to match all your mobile equipment. Somebody must make one?

    All I've used is a replacement power supply from Argos or Tesco, with a single output but many possible voltages and connector-plug sizes. Useful when your HP printer needs one because the HP one just failed, and there's an Argos 100 metres down the road...
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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    Well I found a vendor site on-line in the UK. I wonder if there is a store which carries the product or similar one.

    Any suggestions? I would like to walk in and purchase one. Buying on-line will not work as I travel to different cities during my stay.

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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    I can't find it anywhere else in the UK (e.g. Maplin, Dabs, PC World), and the only ebay seller is in Germany!

    Try getting the firm in Buckinghamshire to send it to somewhere where you will be in a week's time, perhaps?
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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    I suspect the problem is that wi-fi routers with 4 or 5 Ethernet ports have subsumed the function of consumer-grade switches and dried up the demand. I'm lucky to live in an area where one still can find a few different brands, but considering that I recently was able to buy one on sale for $8 US -- compared with previous purchases at $15-25 -- I think the market might be uneconomic in the not-too-distant future.

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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    That's a cool product idea. Last year I was looking at "corporate gift" web sites that carry a variety of USB devices and I don't recall seeing this one. I mention it, however, because those companies often will send a free sample (from an overrun for another client), so it might be worth a check. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    I have requested information from the on-line vendor of how to purchase one via a store.

    I'm hoping for the best.

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    Re: Mini Networking Switch: USB Powered

    Hey, I like that device too. Now I need to find one here in Southern Ontario.
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