HDE USB Extension Cable (USB 2.0 Type A Male to Female) High Speed Data and Power Extension Cable with Active Repeater (50 ft)
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- USB extender cable increases the working distance of devices that require high speed USB connections | Compatible with game consoles, computer components and VR headsets
- High-speed USB 2.0 extension cable supports data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps | Active repeater technology provides clarity of signal at longer distances than a normal cable
- Cable is compatible with webcams for streaming, video game consoles such as the PS4, Xbox One and Switch, printers, smart TVs
- Extension cable can also be used to power any device that uses a standard USB cable for power including smart speakers and devices, home surveillance cameras and Maker Projects
- Package Contents: 1x USB Repeater Cable | Cable is can provide both data and power up 250mA to devices, if additional power is needed additional cables may be required
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High-speed USB 2.0 extension cable with an active repeater is the best solution for your wired peripheral needs. With this cable, you can easily extend the working distance of your webcam, freely move your network adapter to a better location for your signal, connect your computer to a printer without needing proximity, and many other uses! Cable features a Male A connector on one end that plugs into your computer and a Female A connector on the other that connects to the cable you need extended. If your device requires 250mA or more, it will require its own power supply or powered USB 2.0 hub that gets connected to extension cable.
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However, my older webcam works with this cable just fine, my newer webcam (which has higher power requirements) does not.
The first thing we should note is from the item description: "Provides up to 250mA of power to the connected device. If your device requires more than 250mA of power, it will either need to have its own power supply or be plugged into a powered USB 2.0 hub that is connected to the cable". If your device uses more power than 250mA, this cable isn't going to work for you without some kind of power supply added to the end of the chain.
There's a couple of technical limitations and factors that need to be considered in regards to this item. This is a USB 2.0 cable; the 2.0 USB specification has a limit of 5 meters (a little over 16 ft.), this means that right from the start, this cable exceeds the length defined in the USB 2.0 standards. This cable does reliably transmit signal over 25 ft, despite the limitation of the standard.
The next thing we need to consider is that an active repeater is extending the signal, but you're still going to experience some degree of loss due to the length of the cable, because of factors like attenuation (reduction of signal strength over distance) and electromagnetic interference (EMI). This applies to other types of cable (Cat5, Cat6, Coaxial). You can eliminate EMI to some extent by attaching a ferrite bead to each end of the cable. The use of ferrite beads can significantly increase the reliability of things like web cameras and security cameras, as EMI interference on such a long cable is going to be one of the primary factors that interferes with quality. Electromagnetic interference comes from a wide variety of sources, but one of the most common sources is from running your USB cable alongside electrical wiring. When you run your USB cable, try to keep a minimum distance of 1 ft. (12 inches) from power wires, where possible, and never run any low-voltage wiring (USB, Cat, Coax) through the same holes as electrical power wires. (Side note: technically, this cable is not rated for behind-the-wall or in-ceiling wiring. In the United States, this cable should not be used in this way, as it is considered to be an NEC code violation).
Finally, after taking in to consideration the power limitations of the cable, and the power requirements of your device, we also need to determine if this is the best solution for your needs. For a security camera, you'll likely end up needing additional items to make it work properly, whereas, for a printer, this cable should be adequate, as long as you give due consideration to the above caveats.
I would suggest that in the alternative, especially for things like security cameras, you consider USB converters instead of a USB extender. Even a powered USB extension cable is going to suffer from the limitations of the USB standard. The newest USB standard (3.0) supports even shorter lengths than 2.0; as more products adopt the 3.0 standard, items such as this cable are going to be inadequate for the average individual's needs.
USB converters take the USB signal and transmit it over a different medium of your choosing, say, Cat 5/6, wireless, or fiber optic. Cat 6 has a distance limitation of around 100 meters (328 ft), subject to the same attenuation/interference factors outlined above. Fiber optic, depending on the type of cable can travel ~2km/1000km depending on the cable type and the equipment used, but fiber optic is more difficult to run, more costly to terminate, and the converters are expensive, making this impractical for most individuals. WiFi is generally the simplest method in conjunction with a converter, but it's important to remember that this method carries a greater security concern, if your wireless network is compromised, they would gain access to the devices being transmitted over WiFi. WiFi distance tends to vary between 150ft/300ft depending on the standard used, location of the router/access point, and limitations caused by obstructions.
We bought these cables in order to mount a USB camera on the large TV monitors in our conference rooms. We run the USB cable in the wall behind the TV, up into the ceiling, across the ceiling tiles about 35 feet, down the back wall and into the conference room PC.
Never a problem at all !
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