1. hummingbirdhill's Avatar
    "[T]he MHL port . . . is a normal microUSB port and works as one (a charger port as well). The MHL port enables USB On-The-Go. You'll need an adapter for that too (there isn't one in the box) but this one is fairly straight forward - you plug it into the Galaxy Note and plug a standard USB cable on the other end."
    Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home - GSMArena.com

    Can someone please explain to me what type of adapter is necessary for the MHL port in order to use a usb flash drive with my Note II? (I absolutely don't have a clue what this refers to!)
    11-30-2012 08:16 PM
  2. Tari's Avatar
    The USB OTG cable is just the USB adapter that you plug into your micro-USB port.

    Official Samsung version: Amazon.com: Samsung Media/ peripheral Micro USB to USB Adapter for Galaxy S3, Note II smart phone and Note Tabs: Cell Phones & Accessories

    You can find significantly cheaper third-party solutions on Amazon and ebay and whatnot by just searching for "USB OTG" and "Galaxy S3" or "Galaxy Note 2" or something, but there's no guarantee on whether they'll work.
    11-30-2012 09:03 PM
  3. hummingbirdhill's Avatar
    I believe samsung.com has one of those--and I considered ordering it; however, my mind was fuzzy about it because I've never even heard of an MHL port. Actually, I have several already, but I'm uncertain about the number of pins being different in the Note II so those I have mayn't fit . . .

    Is this what you refer to?
    HDTV Universal Adapter (11pin)

    11-30-2012 09:22 PM
  4. Tari's Avatar
    That's an adapter for micro-USB to HDMI, so not quite the same. It's similar, though.

    There're two types of adapter cables that you're looking at (not including charging cables, of course): micro-USB to HDMI cables, and micro-USB to USB adapter cables.

    The former lets you output via HDMI, the latter lets you hook other USB devices up to your phone, with your phone acting as the host device.
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    11-30-2012 09:43 PM
  5. hummingbirdhill's Avatar
    Okay, that is what I initially thought this is! But then, I wasn't sure enough that I was correct. So, would the micro-usb-to-usb adapters I already have fit the Note II? (I mean, do they have the same # of pins?) I've been using these for other mobile phones, etcetera, for several years. Not sure how my mind got so messed up about this---perhaps the new (to me) terminology.
    11-30-2012 10:16 PM
  6. Tari's Avatar
    You might as well try, haha. If they don't work, then you'll need to get the 11-pin version.
    11-30-2012 10:21 PM
  7. hummingbirdhill's Avatar
    Yo, but I'm fanatically cautious about port pins!
    12-01-2012 12:27 PM

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