by fastrover - 9/19/13 8:17 AM
Can you use a usb hub with a smart tv to give you more connections.
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by: fastrover September 19, 2013 8:17 AM PDT
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But for now, it's rare to see it work. Try it if you must but from what I've seen, rarely works.
Thanks will give it a go. Will let you know how i get on.
Not sure if my answer helps anyone . Thought of posting for anyone looking for help.
Below are the devices tested with my Samsung smart tv '40ES5600' and a cheaper portable USB 2.0 hub and multi card reader which doesn't have any power source.
1. Western Digital 1TB My Passport portable HDD with 2 NTFS drives
2. Sandisk 16GB pendrive
3. Sandisk 16GB SD card
4. Sandisk 8GB Micro SD card
5. Nikon D5100 SLR camera
6. Nokia Lumia 720 mobile
7. Apple iPhone 4S
8. Apple iPad 2
My smart TV has only two USB ports and one goes for the Wi-Fi dongle leaving only one port for so many devices. Have been exploring different forums for help on USB hub support for my smart TV, but didn't get much. Also, TV doesn't have a card reader slot as well.
Decided to try my luck with a portable 3-port USB hub with multicard reader which is plug n play and costing less than 5$.
YouTube link below:
Results below with devices connected to USB hub and USB hub to the remaining USB port on TV
All my WD drives on 1TB HDD show up in my TV source as 'My Passport(1)' and 'My Passport(2)'
16GB pendrive and SD cards show up as well without any issues.
Smoothly able to play photos, movies and videos from these devices.
Nikon SLR and Nokia Lumia show up in the TV source listing as a camera and able to play photos from these. However, can't play videos from these as 'allshare' on my TV doesn't list these devices for 'video' play and lists only for 'photo' play. But, this is nothing to do with the USB hub and these devices behave the same when directly connected to TV as well.
Apple iPhone 4S gets charged when connected to USB hub just like when connected to laptop. Gets listed in the TV source as a camera, but can't play photos. IPad doesn't get charged when connected to USB hub as it doesn't get charged when connected to laptop as well. iPad gets detected by TV, but can't play photos.
Ultimately, pretty happy with the results I got with the USB hub I got for the money spent on it:)
USB hub and Samsung Smart TV
To update further, my Wi-Fi dongle gets detected and connects to the wireless network fine when plugged into the USB hub leaving me with one more port on TV to hook another USB hub if needed
my results usb hub
Tried a basic usb hub heres my results upto now
Test 1 2 portable harddrives fail clicking and red light flashing I presume from previous experience its a lack of power
Test 2 hardrive usb memory stick16gb bluetooth receiver for optical mouse works fine
Test 3 hardrive usb memory stick pre formatted on tv for recording. Started to record programme everything working fine but then tried accessing hardrive while still recording caused tv to go daft started bringing up short cuts on screen for each drive unable to turn tv off from remote had to unplug drives from hub to get control back. Conclusion partial success
Final thoughts can use a hub on suitable tvs but with some limitations.
Thanks to gt techie for your input.
I also want to see this kind of USB 3.0 that can connect with TVs.
After all, now USB 3.0 hubs and USB 3.0 express cards have been widely used.
I confirm that product managers will make that a difference.
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