View Full Version : Amplified USB Extension cables

14-08-2006, 09:58 PM
I need to connect a USB printer to the computer, which are about 5m away from each other.

Dick Smith doesn't sell USB extension cables this long, but on my searches I found this (http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/44e03c50001274e8273fc0a87f9906df/Product/View/XH8199) instead.

Would this be nessecary for good signal/performance or do I just need to find a 5m USB or USB extension cable?

14-08-2006, 11:39 PM

15-08-2006, 11:17 AM
:eek: Oh dear, DSE sells 1m USB cables for the same Ascent does a 5m (even 50c less)

probably get one of those then...

Still, I am interested in this amplified cable idea - when would it be needed (if at all)?

15-08-2006, 11:42 AM
When extending more than 5m

Graham L
15-08-2006, 12:13 PM
It's not just the signal loss in a 5m cable that causes that limitation. There's also a timing consideration. The protocol specifies a maximum "time" between nodes. The "lump" in a USB extender cable is more than an amplifier: it's a repeater. which regenerates the signal.