Picture of Keyboard & Mouse for Tablets (Nexus 7)
There are some simple thing that you should know about your tablet, one is that a decent 2013 tablet supports OTG. This lets you add a mouse, keyboard and USB ports. The project is simple, just read the instructions and you''' do fine. A regular keyboard works as well as a typical wireless mouse.

Without reading this guide, you probably never had though of this :))

Thank You Instructables & Radioshack!
To show my gratitude to Instructables and RadioShack, the one who sponsored the RC contest, I'l be making tons of projects for the Nexus 7 (2013 - 2nd gen) which I won from the RC contest. It's an awesome tablet BTW :D My next NEXUS accessory would be a mini version of this with a flip case with an ultraslim bluetooth keyboard attached to it. Another one is the wireless charger which the Nexus 7 (2013) supports.

Is This A Gimmick?
No its not! I've been receiving a lot of questions lately: Why not use a laptop? Why do you need an external keyboard for? Well my answer is.... I'm a PC kind of guy, the keyboard & mouse has a different feel compared to the touch panel. While your tablet is sitting, waiting to be turned on in a second, your laptop is still probably booting for minutes. The tablet's quick accessibility is a game changer in the world of computers, but one if its major downside is the lack of physical buttons (keyboards).

From the day I received my Nexus, I started to publish my short instructables with my tablet :)) It's a lot easier and convenient. BTW, this setup works with android games too, such as Modern Combat 4 and GT Racing 2.

Why Not Buy A Case w/Keyboard?
Well buying a keyboard+case combo is a great idea but this project's sole purpose is to use common computer accessories found in everyone's household.

- Connect to a 1080p LCD
- Keyboard & Mouse
- 4x USB Ports

EvanD125 days ago
Sure it works, for the few hours you have battery...
Fairycheese18 months ago
OTG cable/mouse works on 1st gen nexus7 (2012) too, handy if screen gets damaged
PeterS98 months ago
Can you plug a SlimPort adapter to the hub in this configuration and thereby also connect an hdmi/dvi/vga monitor (depending on which version of Slimport adapter you buy. Slimport adapters work to do this, but will they continue to work through a hub like this...
kal walid11 months ago
seems like nothing needs to be rooted..im surely gonna try this soon. Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial.
avlor1 year ago

Yay! Thank you! I couldn't get a bluetooth keyboard to work even with a special keyboard add on. Being able to plug in a keyboard via USB is a lifesaver!

j8a1 year ago
Did you have to root your nexus 7 first, in order to conect the USB Hub?
Which nexus is that?? The new one or old one?? It's obviously a 7
ASCAS (author)  Arr0gantExp3rt71 year ago
It's the new one (2013).
ASMDSVD1 year ago
The Instructable is good but more importantly thank you for exposing me to the otg cable.
ASCAS (author)  ASMDSVD1 year ago
Your welcome :D
tmulds1 year ago
Did the same with my Bluetooth Logitech deNovo Edge, which have a mouse trackpad. Android supports mouse pointer on the screen. Tried the same with IPad 2, I didn't see a mouse pointer.
ASCAS (author)  tmulds1 year ago
I don't think IOS has a mouse pointer feature.
oldaugie1 year ago
Excellent AND elegant solution to a truly annoying problem.