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Dell U2311H USB ports

FlyingDragon 462 13 March 28, 2011 at 01:25 AM
I have a silly question.

On the dell u2311h ips monitor, there are 4 usb ports, what function do they provide? do they work just like a normal usb port on your motherboard? because I've tried to coneect my usb device to those ports, and the computer does not recognize the device.

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if its anything like some of my dell displays, there should be a usb cable that connects to a standard integrated USB port and the monitor itself acts like a usb hub after that.

it would be the "square" usb input on the monitor.

cant tell you if they are powered or not as i dont have that particular display Smilie
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Yup, it's a hub. You need to connect one USB cable from the monitor to your computer (the square one, like Jechapk said) and then your devices will work.
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monitor = hub. That said, you need to connect the monitor to the PC via a USB cable. If you don't intend to use the monitor USB ports then don't bother connecting the monitor to the PC via the usb cable.
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its like the cable you plug a usb printer in with
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so, does this mean that if I plug the monitor to my laptop using a usb cable, my laptop image will also show on this dell monitor? I dont seem to understand, what's is the purpose of those ports for, and what are the use for?
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so, does this mean that if I plug the monitor to my laptop using a usb cable, my laptop image will also show on this dell monitor? I dont seem to understand, what's is the purpose of those ports for, and what are the use for?
Connect monitor to PC via USB and those ports can be used for whatever you want. Like wireless mouse adapter or bluetooth dongle, camera, etc. All ports share the same single-port bandwidth.

Connect PC to monitor via HDMI or VGA cable to use the monitor as a mirror or extension of the laptop.
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so, does this mean that if I plug the monitor to my laptop using a usb cable, my laptop image will also show on this dell monitor? I dont seem to understand, what's is the purpose of those ports for, and what are the use for?
Here's an explanation in the simplest language possible:

They are *additional* usb ports for you to use. Nothing special about them. They are there for convenience, because for most people, the monitor is easier to reach than the computer.

You need to have a single USB cable with A on one end and B on the other. This cable is often referred to as the printer cable:

http://www.informit.com/content/i...BFig03.jpg

You will see the "B" female end on your monitor. Using the cable, plug the A end into your computer, and the B end into the monitor. Now you can use these USB ports on your monitor just as you would use the ones on your computer.
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so, does this mean that if I plug the monitor to my laptop using a usb cable, my laptop image will also show on this dell monitor? I dont seem to understand, what's is the purpose of those ports for, and what are the use for?
No, you need a video cable either VGA or DVI, or maybe HDMI/Displayport depending on what your laptop has to see the image.

The USB ports are just like the ones on your computer for the most part. (Not sure if this is a powered hub or not, but it probably doesn't matter right now for you anyways). I have used these monitors before and I find them convent for plugging in USB flash drives or the Wireless keyboard/mouse dongles. As everyone says for most people its much easier to plug in something on the side of your monitor rather than the computer tower.

Your monitor should come with the USB cable needed so you should not need to buy anything.
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basically, the monitor has one of these [newegg.com] built in. your monitor came with a usb cable. connect that between monitor (usb input port is between vga and the 2 usb ports on bottom edge) and computer and you can use the usb ports on the monitor as you would a usb port on the computer itself.

the usb is completely separate from the video signal, for which you'd use the vga or dvi cable the monitor shipped with (it came with both). or supply your own dp cable.
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So, in order to use these USB ports on my monitor, I MUST connect the monitor to my computer using a usb cable first, otherwise, the usb hubs on my monitor won't work? is this correct?

Because I tried to to connect a flash drive to the monitor usb hub, however, it is not working, maybe i need to connect the usb cable first.
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OK, that was the case. Thanks for all your help.
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Quote from FlyingDragon View Post :
So, in order to use these USB ports on my monitor, I MUST connect the monitor to my computer using a usb cable first, otherwise, the usb hubs on my monitor won't work? is this correct?

Because I tried to to connect a flash drive to the monitor usb hub, however, it is not working, maybe i need to connect the usb cable first.
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OK, that was the case. Thanks for all your help.
yeah...it's just like buying a 4 port usb hub from the store a roll of tape or staple gun and attaching the hub to a lcd screen...you'd still need a usb able from your computer to the hub for it do anything...having it built in makes it easier.

Some wireless mice, keyboards, usb drives, etc are easy to plug into the monitors usb ports...since you have to run the power and vid cable to the monitor, a single usb cable would be with routed with those two and it would look nice and need vs separate cables from the keyboard, mouse, flash drive back to the pc...etc...bulb
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