This video shows the LAVA USB Host and Charging Adapter working with the three supported Samsung tablets: Galaxy Tab 4, Tab PRO, and Tab S.
This adapter provides one USB 2 Host port that can be used to attach a USB device to the tablet, and at the same time makes it possible to charge the battery or run the tablet on wall power using the Samsung power adapter supplied with your tablet.
This diagram shows the very simple setup involved.
As you’ll see, the adapter is truly plug and play, and the thumb drive used in the video is assessed by each tablet in turn with no need to configure anything.
Here at LAVA we like to solve obvious problems, and one of the most evident is caused by the standard USB Host Mode Adapter that is available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab/PRO/S/Note. This adapter makes it possible to add USB devices such as flash drives to these tablets, and it connects to the micro USB port of the tablet. That’s great — now it’s possible to watch a movie directly from a flash drive, for instance. Other USB devices can use USB Host Mode also.
BUT…there is a catch. The connector that is used to attach the USB Host Mode Adapter is also the connector that is used to power and charge the tablet itself. So the situation arises: when in host mode, the tablet relies entirely on its battery. That clearly places a time limit on how long the tablet can be used in host mode.
One LAVA customer came up against this limitation in a retail application, where they wanted to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 as a customer-facing device (where customers in a store could look up product information themselves by scanning them at a tablet-based kiosk). But this system needed to run full time, so the tablet needed to receive power while operating in Host Mode. There is a fix for that problem now: the technology used in the LAVA Host Mode and Charging Adapter for Galaxy Tab 4/PRO/S/Note.
The adapter puts the tablet into USB Host Mode, and power is added using the stock power adapter. Now you can watch 10 hours 54 minutes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, 13 hours 17 minutes of Star Wars movies, and 19 hours 39 minutes of the Harry Potter film series without missing a beat. Follow that up with a 240 hour screening of 2011’s Modern Times Forever and the problem will be running out of popcorn, not power.
LAVA is now a Silver tier member of the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program (SEAP). This standing means that LAVA is positioned to closely collaborate with Samsung in product development such as on LAVA’s family of Tablet Host and Charging Adapters. In addition, LAVA and Samsung will cooperate in securing business opportunities for the LAVA interfaces developed for use with Samsung tablets.
The program will provide LAVA with access to business opportunities through Samsung, opportunities for LAVA to educate Samsung’s sales force and resellers, access to Samsung’s Enterprise SDK, and technical support for Samusung’s firmwares and security features.
Using the LAVA USB Host Mode and Charging Adapter you can easily connect an Ethernet adapter for wired Ethernet, and still charge your tablet (wired Ethernet also requires compatible firmware in the tablet). The conventional host mode adapter, when used, makes charging not possible.
Watch the video to see how simply this is done: no software needed, just plug the bits together.