StarTech 2x1 HDMI+VGA to HDMI Converter Switch with Automatic & Priority Selection

StarTech 2x1 HDMI+VGA to HDMI Converter Switch with Automatic & Priority Selection
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StarTech VS221 Overview

The 2x1 HDMI+VGA to HDMI Converter Switch from StarTech lets you connect an HDMI and a VGA audio/video source to the same HDMI display or projector, allowing you to automatically or manually switch between which source to display. Automatic switching encourages on-the-fly collaboration among students or co-workers, by making it easy to share your projector between multiple source devices.

The multi-input A/V switch supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1200/1080p, and includes mounting hardware for a tidy installation. The A/V switch features built-in VGA conversion, enabling you to connect an HDMI and a VGA video source to the same HDMI display without the use of additional adapters or scalers.

With two different auto-switching modes, the VS221VGA2HD ensures hassle-free operation. Automatic switching detects and selects a newly connected device, whereas priority selection lets you choose which port should be activated by default for automatic switching.


  • Automatically switch between your set-top box or computer in a home theatre environment
  • Share a classroom or conference room projector with VGA and HDMI video sources
  • Connect and switch between VGA and HDMI video sources on a test bench, for troubleshooting computers
  • Switch between VGA and HDMI video sources on your digital signage display in hospitals, shopping centers, or schools
UPC: 065030858427

StarTech VS221 Specs

Maximum ResolutionAnalog: 1290 x 1200
Digital: 1920 x 1200
Supported ResolutionsUp to 1920 x 1200 (1080p)
AudioVGA: Two-channel 3.5 mm stereo audio
HDMI: 7.1 Surround sound
Connectors2 x HDMI (19-pin), female
1 x VGA (15-pin; high-density D-sub), female
1 x VGA port selected
1 x HDMI port selected
Indicators1 x VGA port selected
1 x HDMI port selected
Input Voltage100 to 240 AC via AC adapter (included)
Input Current0.4 A
Output Voltage5 VDC
Output Current1 A
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Humidity0 to 80%
Dimensions1.1 x 4.0 x 2.1" (2.9 x 10.2 x 5.4 cm)
Weight7.9 oz (225 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.2 x 6.1 x 2.6"
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Will this allow the 3.5mm audio input to be used when the HDMI input is selected?
Asked by: Fixer
The 3.5mm connection is for VGA audio only. The HDMI is embedded audio only.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Is there a limit for input cable length? I need ...

Is there a limit for input cable length? I need to plug in a 25' cable as an input. A previous switch I tried could not accommodate this. Apparently there was too much signal loss.
Asked by: Jon
This device does not have a cable length limit. Your results will vary depending on what brand cable you are using and if you use any signal boosting/extending equipment with it. For instance, You mentioned that you attempted to plug a 25ft HDMI cable into a device and it resulted in signal loss but It might work if you attempt to use a different cable such as one made by Kramer or Comprehensive. Another solution may be adding a signal booster like the StarTech HDBOOST4K HDMI 4K Signal Booster (114.8'). There are other solutions as well such as extending over cat-6 cable, fiber, or BNC cables which all perform much better over long distances. Ultimately the solution to your problem lies in how the signal is sent to the switcher not in the switcher itself.
Answered by: Jabari
Date published: 2021-03-03


Will this switch allow my desktop to connect to a video projector (HDMI) and a VGA monitor to see the same images on both at the same time? I also have a VGA monitor, so these other two are for the extended screen, not my main screen.
Asked by: John N.
I have been using this switch in one of our conference rooms for almost a year. It has worked flawlessly. Our laptops have both VGA and Displayport outputs. We use a passive cable to convert Displayport to HDMI, the HDMI then goes into the switch. If we need to use the VGA output of the laptop, we connect it to the switch. The switch does the conversion to HDMI. That way we only have to feed our monitor with HDMI. We run a single HDMI to the monitor. If you want to share the HDMI output of a laptop with an HDMI projector and an HDMI monitor, you would need to use an HDMI splitter. To use an HDMI projector, and a VGA monitor, you can use an HDMI to VGA adapter. I hope this answers your question.
Answered by: Vernon K.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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