11-21-2014 08:38 PM
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  1. SpacePsych's Avatar
    I know the 8 doesn't have a full sized USB port like the 11, just the micro-USB for charging. Is there anything out yet that you can attach external accessories and charge the device at the same time?

    I don't really need a full docking station for monitor capabilities, but I am ideally looking for a docking station which charges, allows me to plug in Ethernet, and at least 2 USB devices.

    We are currently looking into the Venue 8 Pro to mount into walls for a specific purpose and these would be perfect and cost-effective enough if I can find a docking station to meet those specifics.

    Thanks!
    10-21-2013 08:30 AM
  2. Narse77's Avatar
    I have not encountered any such devices. May want to reach out to dell to see what all protocols the usb port on the device supports.
    10-21-2013 12:46 PM
  3. MethodGT's Avatar
    It would be great if we could charge AND plug in USB devices at the same time. I doubt it though. I'll have to look into it.
    10-22-2013 11:06 PM
  4. SpacePsych's Avatar
    It would be great if we could charge AND plug in USB devices at the same time. I doubt it though. I'll have to look into it.
    If you were to use a powered USB hub like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005P2...pUvbUpU2187855

    Would it provide power to the device while also allowing access to the external devices?
    10-22-2013 11:09 PM
  5. SpacePsych's Avatar
    Okay, so some updates from researching.

    USB hubs should NOT provide power to the upstream port (one that this micro-USB AB will be connect to for data). This is a safety feature that hubs need to follow to comply with specifications. The powered hubs only supply voltage to downstream ports or your accessories. So this option is a no go!

    However, I found a solution!
    ***Micro USB Host OTG Cable with Micro USB Power

    Check these out:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CXA...pUvbUpU2190582

    One will connect to the standard AC power supply that came with the Venue, the other connects to a USB hub it accessory and has data out. Perfect solution!

    The negative reviews are because people don't realize the Nexus (Android) doesn't support external accessories the same way a Windows tab would.

    Okay, so I have ordered one of these (from a faster shipper from the one listed) and hopefully when my Venue 8 Pro arrives we can do a test.

    I plan on hooking up this Micro USB Host OTG Cable with Micro USB Power to the Venue 8 Pro. One side to the AC power, other splitter with data to a simple BUS-hub. The hub will connect to a Ethernet adapter and Logitech webcam. I will then test the adapter and webcam and ensure the tablet reports being plugged in and not losing charge.

    Then we will have our answer and I will be satisfied!

    Hope others find this helpful!
    prowade, hysonmb, MethodGT and 2 others like this.
    10-24-2013 10:52 AM
  6. SpacePsych's Avatar
    I want to bump this now that people have their hands on it. I have the connector that I mentioned above. Just waiting on the tablet itself to come in.

    Anyone who has received the tablet give this a try yet?
    10-27-2013 11:21 PM
  7. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
    SpacePsych, you have piqued my curiosity. What are you planning to do with this setup?
    10-27-2013 11:43 PM
  8. SpacePsych's Avatar
    SpacePsych, you have piqued my curiosity. What are you planning to do with this setup?
    I plan on wall mounting this tablet hooked up to a webcam for recording purposes. The user will then be able to login and upload to a specific website.
    smuook likes this.
    10-27-2013 11:45 PM
  9. MaxHu's Avatar
    I wonder if a MHL cable could output the video/audio signal.
    11-03-2013 07:00 PM
  10. nasellok's Avatar
    I have MHL adapter that I use for my Galaxy Nexus, ill try to use it tonight on my DV8P..............if that doesn't work, ill pick up a Miracast receiver
    11-04-2013 04:17 PM
  11. lorend's Avatar
    I want to bump this now that people have their hands on it. I have the connector that I mentioned above. Just waiting on the tablet itself to come in.

    Anyone who has received the tablet give this a try yet?
    I just received this version of the cable.
    The OTG part works fine but unfortunately the pass-through charging (to the v8pro) does not.

    Would be interested in others experiences with different cables.
    Seems like I saw a mention of one that worked in the giant owner's lounge thread at tabletpcreview but I can't locate the post now.
    11-07-2013 01:49 PM
  12. WillBrown's Avatar
    This looks like an interesting solution by a company called Plugable. It'll cost you $129 though:
    Amazon.com: Plugable UD-3900 USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station with Dual Video Outputs for Windows 8.1, 8, 7, XP (HDMI and DVI/ VGA to 2048x1152, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 4 USB 2.0 Ports, 4A AC Power Adapter): Computers & Accessories

    Here's a video demo using the Dell Venue 8 Pro:


    EDIT: It doesn't charge the device. Sorry about that.
    Last edited by WillBrown; 11-07-2013 at 05:12 PM.
    rmeigs, xandros9 and philxor like this.
    11-07-2013 04:52 PM
  13. Kebero's Avatar
    I think you just need a Y cable fir charging.
    11-07-2013 08:10 PM
  14. SpacePsych's Avatar
    I think you just need a Y cable fir charging.
    That doesn't work. There is something software wise in the tablet that prevents charging from a non standard micro USB.
    11-07-2013 10:19 PM
  15. SpacePsych's Avatar
    Just found this, I will attempt this tomorrow, can someone else try:

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/dell...tml#post350587
    WillBrown and xandros9 like this.
    11-07-2013 10:27 PM
  16. lorend's Avatar
    I am unable to reproduce those results with my cable and tablet, Space.
    Tried multiple times.
    11-08-2013 08:37 PM
  17. Francoenlanoche's Avatar
    Ok please just answer me a question because i want to buy this tablet, if i want to connect a flash drive to the venue pro can i use a simple microusb to usb (female) cablennd thats it? Or i have to use a powered hub?
    11-08-2013 10:14 PM
  18. lorend's Avatar
    Simple OTG cable works fine for flash drives, Franco.
    No external power required.
    KoukiFC3S likes this.
    11-08-2013 10:44 PM
  19. rav16's Avatar
    Simple OTG cable works fine for flash drives, Franco.
    No external power required.
    Sir what about external hd and DVD burner / player . And attaching a camera ?
    11-09-2013 12:13 AM
  20. smuook's Avatar
    xandros9 likes this.
    11-11-2013 07:39 AM
  21. philxor's Avatar
    Unfortunate the Plugable dock doesn't charge the device but it looks pretty awesome regardless and has great reviews.
    bowulf likes this.
    11-30-2013 02:38 PM
  22. reedsutton's Avatar
    Anyone found a way to hook it up to an external monitor or projector directly without a USB Hub? Can you just get a Micro USB to VGA adapter?

    I am about to order one, just wanted to see if anyone has tried it.

    Thanks,
    Reed
    11-30-2013 02:58 PM
  23. philxor's Avatar
    I think the best option is to use a Miracast wireless HDMI adapter, but unfortunately it doesn't work very well right now.


    Anyone found a way to hook it up to an external monitor or projector directly without a USB Hub? Can you just get a Micro USB to VGA adapter?

    I am about to order one, just wanted to see if anyone has tried it.

    Thanks,
    Reed
    11-30-2013 06:33 PM
  24. meandu229's Avatar
    Apparently chipset drivers have been released today to fix this.
    pankaj981 likes this.
    12-03-2013 06:49 AM
  25. Jamse2's Avatar
    I haven't met a thing as you described but I got a Hootoo 3.0 hub with AC adapter. And I love that it has the AC adapter to plug into a wall and charge my tabs or phones. Amazon.com: HooToo HT-UH006 USB 3.0 Hub 7-Port Bus-Powered (5V/3A Power Adapter, Latest VIA VL812-B2 Chipset and 9081 Firmware Upgraded, 3.3 feet USB 3.0 Cable), Backward Compatible with USB 2.0 and Supporting Windows / Mac / Linux OS: Computers & A
    12-21-2013 01:31 AM
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