• In this guide we will explain the different USB ports that monitors can equip. If any device connected to the USB port does not work, we must first check that the USB port meets the energy requirements of the device. These requirements are screen printed on the rear connection plate, they are usually 5V and 1.1A. Ports with higher ampere (A) can power devices such as portable hard drives.

Computer Monitors1

Computer Monitors

In computer monitors, if they have USB connections, these are used to extend the connectivity of the PC they are connected to, that is, they function as a USB hub or extender. You will see that there are 2 types of USB ports:                                                                                                                                                                              • One USB port UP type A (rectangular): this port is used to connect the monitor to one of the USB ports of the PC. You will need a USB cable like the printer ones. Once connected to the PC, your monitor will become a USB ports HUB, you can connect USB devices to the other ports of the monitor and it will be like connecting them to the PC.  • One or more USB IN type B  (square) ports: connect peripherals such as a mouse or keyboard. Anything you connect to them will connect to the PC. Contrary to what it seems, these ports are not used to play files directly on the monitor. This is only done by monitors with Smart TV functions.
Smart TV Monitors and TV Monitors1

Smart TV Monitors and TV Monitors

In Smart TV monitors we usually find 2-3 USB ports, one of which is designed for the connection of external hard drives (marked as 5V and 1A) and the rest for conventional memory sticks. These monitors are capable of playing multimedia content directly from the devices you connect to the USB ports. There may also be a square USB port for connection to the PC and enable the rest as a HUB or USB extender (see the computer monitors section).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In TV monitors we only have 1 USB port to play multimedia content (photos, audio and video) according to the limitations (codecs, size of the memory device, file format: FAT / NTFS) expressed in the user manual of every model. These ports can not connect other devices than storage (mice, keyboards).
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