Don’t want to spend $19.99 on Samsung’s official USB adapter? If you have some soldering skills, you can easily make your own USB adapter for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as this user pokey9000 at XDA has done.
How to Make a USB-host adapter for Galaxy Tab 10.1!
First, you will need a Samsung dock connector (if you want to make it look complete), you can get one for just $4.99 at Kineteka.
Second, get like 2 10K Ohm resistors (probably at Radio Shack), maybe like a dollar.
Third, you need the female end of a USB extension cable.
Fourth, you the pinouts outlined below:
Pinout here. With the connector plugged into the Tab, and the Tab oriented with the chat camera on top and the connector on bottom, pin 1 is to the left of the connector.
Chop off the plug end of the extender, separate out the wires, cut / strip / tin. Cut off the shield. Slide on the plastic shroud for the dock plug and a piece of heat shrink for strain relief. Don’t forget this or you’ll have to undo the whole thing (like I did). You might also want to cut thin heat shrink to go around each wire to protect it from shorting at the connector pins.
Solder the two resistors in series and put them between pins 13 and 15. This tells the Tab to go into OTG host mode. Be creative. Surface mount parts might be better here.
ground (black) to pin 1
green (D+) to pin 3
white (D-) to pin 4
red (+5V) to pin 6
Test this out before shrinking the pins by plugging into the Tab along with a USB key. If it works, you should get the message above.
Once it works, put the connector shield, spring clip, and shroud on.
Let us note that USB is nothing more than 4 wires and hence it shouldn’t cost $19.99 for the USB adapter when you can make it for much less as describe here.
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Is it possible to make this adapter using a usb cable (male)?
Yes you can but then you will need an OTG USB (male to female) adapter.
Just a heads up, you should probably fit the word “Host” in the title/article somewhere as that is the operative term.
I think you should rotate the picture showing the connector open (with pliers) 180 so it reflects the written instructions.
Couldn’t you just buy a USB female to female adapter for around $1 on Amazon or eBay, and then use the cable that comes with the tab?
I am interested in that question. Can anyone reply, please?
No because the pins are not setup for host mode on the cable that comes with it.
“Solder the two resistors in series and put them between pins 13 and 15. This tells the Tab to go into OTG host mode. Be creative. Surface mount parts might be better here.”
sorry. I make that, and work fine. I have another problem, though: I buy a female usb and the tab don’t recognize the content of my memory stick. The cable is good, it works with an mouse, for example. But not with my stick. It say, when plugged: “blank storage usb “. I have on the stick: .jpg file, .mp3 file, one empty folder, one word file.
thanks for your advices, anyway.
PS. I try both, with usb debug enable, and disable. No success.
Make shure the memory stick is formatted as FAT32, and NOT NTFS. NTFS is not recognised by default.