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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by abovetheline, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. abovetheline

    abovetheline Lurker
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    Suppose I have an android phone equipped with MHL capability to output video to a TV, then if I want to use the phone as a PC replacement, then how can I connect my USB keyboard and USB mouse to the phone?
     



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  2. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer

    Welcome to Android Forums :)

    Simplest way is to use Bluetoothbut if you want to connect a USB keyboard and mouse you'll need a "OTG cable" - a simple adaptor that plugs into the micro USB port of your phone and provides a standard USB port to plug (say) a keyboard in.

    There are a couple of "gotchas" though: not all Android devices provide any power to USB, so depending on the device you may need to use andother USB adaptor cable that allows power to be upplied from an external source. Secondly you'll need to use a hub to provide more than one USB port if you want both mouse and keyboard, although some more expensive OTG cables have a built in hub and often a card reader as well. Lots of choice, just Google "OTG cable" :)

    Personally I use a Bluuetooth keyboard I bought for the purpose even though I have OTG cables that I use to attach disks/card readers/USB sticks/whatever but diskike the cable clutter when I'm just using it as a PC.
     
  3. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    If the MHL cable is using your phones microUSB port I don't think you can use it with an OTG cable and a USB keyboard/mouse at the same time. I believe when using MHL the regular USB functions don't work because it's in MHL mode, but I've never tried it so I can't say for sure.
     
  4. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer

    Sounds like another good reason to use Bluetooth. Much simpler all around when you lose the cables.
     
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