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

Step 1: Accessories Materials

- Regular USB Keyboard
- Regular USB Mouse (wireless)
- Bluetooth Speaker (for sounds & tablet stand)
- OTG Cable (On-The-Go Cable)
- 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub
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Sure it works, for the few hours you have battery...
Is there a way to do this with iOS devices also?
OTG cable/mouse works on 1st gen nexus7 (2012) too, handy if screen gets damaged
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...
seems like nothing needs to be rooted..im surely gonna try this soon. Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial.
<p>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!</p>
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
It's the new one (2013).
The Instructable is good but more importantly thank you for exposing me to the otg cable.
Your welcome :D
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.
I don't think IOS has a mouse pointer feature.
Excellent AND elegant solution to a truly annoying problem.

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