View Full Version : What is the max length a USB cable can be?

crazy monkey
27-11-2004, 09:42 AM
What is the max length a USB cable can be?

We want to set up a Wi-Fi network over a long distance with a USB adapter and need to know how far the usb adapter can be from the server.

27-11-2004, 09:50 AM
5 Metres.

Above that you will get errors due to transit time etc, and will need "repeater" hubs.

27-11-2004, 09:51 AM
Read this


Graham L
27-11-2004, 01:07 PM
You can buy extender cables, which have the repeater. It's alleged that you can chain 5 of them to get 25m. This would be quite expensive.

I've seen advertisments for a product which mightget you more range, at a reasonable price. It "somehow" (I don't know the speed or any other details) converts from USB to some signal through "up to 50m" of CAT5 cable, then back to USB.

http://www.mgram.com.au/ is the site, and look for their cat. number 11666-1.

27-11-2004, 02:33 PM
why not just go wireless and not have such a long usb cable?

crazy monkey
27-11-2004, 04:19 PM
Because the usb cable has to go from the server in the garage to the dish on the roof:

see: http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/

Yeah... 5m should do.

27-11-2004, 06:14 PM
Funny you should mention that - Because tomorrow I'll be getting one of those 802.11b USB Drives from DSE because of their Linux support with the latest 2.6.10-rc2 kernels!

Looks like I wont have to go around to my mates place.... Could be a good website to help me join the NZWireless!

Sucks that WEP is essentially useless :-(