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How do you connect anything to your Micro-USB connector? Such as a external DVD Drive, Or is this possible?

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Mikerman
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With a USB OTG ("on-the-go") cable adapter, male micro USB on one end and female USB on the other.  Such as:  http://www.amazon.com/IVSO-Micro-Cable-venue-Black/dp/B00H8R7E4Iv

Note that some accessories, such as some external DVD drives and external hard drives, may need more power than the Dell tablet can  while on battery power.  For that purpose, Dell sells a dual-port power+data "dongle" that operates as a USB OTG cable adapter while simultaneously providing power to the tablet. <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

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Mikerman
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With a USB OTG ("on-the-go") cable adapter, male micro USB on one end and female USB on the other.  Such as:  http://www.amazon.com/IVSO-Micro-Cable-venue-Black/dp/B00H8R7E4Iv

Note that some accessories, such as some external DVD drives and external hard drives, may need more power than the Dell tablet can  while on battery power.  For that purpose, Dell sells a dual-port power+data "dongle" that operates as a USB OTG cable adapter while simultaneously providing power to the tablet. <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

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Mikerman
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Very easily done and easily possible, using a USB OTG ("on the go") cable adapter, with a micro USB male connector on one end and a full-size female connector on the other.

Note that for some peripherals, such as external DVD drives and external hard drives, the power from the tablet alone may not be enough to power the peripheral.  But Dell (as well as third parties) also sell power+data USB OTG cable adapters (some of which also incorporate USB hubs) which have multiple ports, allowing the tablet to be plugged into external power while simultaneously allowing a peripheral to be connected to the tablet.

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Mikerman
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And, some samples for you:

Sample USB OTG cable adapter:  http://www.amazon.com/IVSO-Micro-Cable-venue-Black/dp/B00H8R7E4I

Dell power+data USB cable adapter (also known as the "Dell dongle"):  http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&amp;l=en&amp;s=dhs&amp;cs=19

And there even are little gizmo adapters that you can insert into a device's full-sized USB male plug, adding USB OTG capability to it and converting it into a micro USB plug:  http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Micro-Adapter-Connector-Tablet/dp/B015GZOHKW/ref=pd_sim_147_1?ie=UTF8&am...

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eander4910
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THANKS MILKERMAN

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How do you connect anything to your Micro-USB connector? Such as a external DVD Drive, Or is this possible?

I use both the OTG cable for things like flash drives and a Plugable Docking station to provide the tablet with some form of PC/laptop usability. The dock not only provides USB connectivity for multiple devices such as k/b,mouse and external drives, it has built in HD graphics capabilities to connect an additional monitor/projector or an array of monitors, with onboard sound and LAN too - all neatly achieved through that tiny USB port. Worth it if you wish to get a whole lot more out of your tablet.

I have an MHL pig tail too but it doesn't seem to work. this would enable me to connect a HDMI lead directly to the tablet. It's a slight let down but not a car crash.

Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) :: Kingston 64GB mSDHC Class 10 :: Plugable UD-PRO8 Dock
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