A-B box

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
A-B Box

The A-B box is an analog switch box used to connect multiple peripherals to one computer. The pictures are examples of the front and back of an A-B box. The back of the A-B box has an INPUT-OUTPUT port, and A and B ports to connect each of the devices. In our example, two parallel port printers connect to the box on the A and B ports and the computer connects to the INPUT-OUTPUT port. The computer user could then switch between the A and B printer on the same computer without having to disconnect and reconnect the printers to the computer.


When purchasing an A-B box for a computer printer, we recommend contacting the printer manufacturer first to confirm using such a device does not void your warranty.

Hardware terms, Hub, KVM, Port expander