USB extension cables and extenders are used to extend the distance covered by USB devices. Since USB cables have limited length—5 meters for USB 2.0 and 3 meters for USB 3.0—there becomes a problem of where to put USB devices especially in schools, offices, conference rooms, and big halls. Thus, USB extension cables are needed to cover great distances and eliminate the USB length constraints. These extension cables are available from 15 feet to 50 feet that allows extended USB connections. These extension cables allow anyone to conveniently connect a device or gadget from across a room.
USB cable extensions can be connected any time. It doesn’t need to install software to make a good connection. These USB cables are compatible with any computer, both PC and Mac, and can be connected, disconnected, and reconnected any time. Also, extension cables are easy and are safe to use because they are designed to withstand stress and strain, and are protected by high-quality low-smoke polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or a fluorinated ethylene polymer (FEP). This feature complies with building codes that aims to reduce fire hazards.
Each USB extension cable does not require external power supply. It has a USB female connector and a USB male connector. An extension cable can transfer data as fast as 480 Mbps. This cable is usually compatible with all versions of Universal Serial Bus cables—USB 1.0, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0. Extension cables can also be connected to each other; even 3 extension cables can be combines together, to achieve greater length.
Extension cables can be active or passive. Active USB extension cables are designed to transfer data and receive signals consistently and simultaneously. This is because it has a built in signal booster and a gold-plated connector ending that establishes connection faster and better. These USB cables are perfect for game consoles, printer-computer connection, scanner-computer connection, and computer-devices connections. Conversely, passive USB extension cables do not have this feature and is quite cheaper than their active counterparts.
USB extenders enable USB devices to be remotely placed from a much greater distance. Though USB extension cables help in establishing a connection within a great distance of up to 50 feet, USB extenders offer to create a good connection within a much larger space—at times up to 500 feet. Extenders also allow anyone to put their devices or hardware in a secure and safe place
A USB extender has a transmitter, a receiver, and a standard CAT cable. Each extender has at least four USB ports that supplies 500 mA to USB devices connected to them. USB extenders are commonly used to establish connections between a remote computer and interactive whiteboards, keyboards, multiple monitors, and other devices. Extenders are compatible with different operating systems—Windows, MacOS, and Linux. They do not require an installation driver to support all types of USB devices. They also allow fast transfer of data from the computer to other mass storage devices and external drives. They are very reliable, highly functional, and energy-efficient.
Extenders can be grouped into CAT USB extenders, Fiber USB extenders, and CAT extenders can link devices to a host computer up to 300 feet using the standard CAT 5, CAT 6, or CAT 7 cables. On the other hand, Fiber USB extenders can establish a connection up to 10 kilometers distance. A new USB extender uses the wireless technology to connect a keyboard, mouse, flash drives, and hard drives to a computer. Nowadays, there are a variety of choices for a good and quality USB extender that will fit a customer’s needs for USB connection.
Through these USB cables, extension connectors, and extenders, it becomes easier to establish data and signal connections anywhere at any time. They lessen the hassles of setting up networking connections between computers and ease the burden of experiencing technical glitches.