Patent Number: 7,769,940

Title: Switching device configured to couple a first computer to a first peripheral device and one or more second peripheral devices and method of manufacturing same

Abstract: In some embodiments, a switching device is configured to couple a first computer to a first peripheral device and one or more second peripheral devices. The switching device is further configured to couple a second computer to a third peripheral device and the one or more second peripheral devices. The switching device includes: (a) a switch configured to couple to the one or more second peripheral devices; (b) a first hub including: (1) a first upstream port configured to couple to the first computer; (2) a first downstream port configured to couple to the first peripheral device; and (3) at least one second downstream port coupled to the switch; (c) a second hub including: (1) a first upstream port configured to couple to the second computer; (2) a first downstream port configured to couple to the third peripheral device; and (3) at least one second downstream port coupled to the switch. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.

Inventors: Wiler; Daniel (Albion, NY)

Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/03/12018