Plugable 5 Meter (16 Foot) USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to A Female
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- USB active repeater with premium 5-meter/16-foot cable, with standard USB Type A male to type A female connectors
- Connect remote USB printers, speakers, scanners, USB display adapters, keyboards/mice, etc.
- Up to three cables can be connected in series, but devices with high power consumption may require a powered USB hub between the cable and the device.
- Not recommended for webcams or video cameras at high resolution. Does not work for charging batteries on devices such as iPhones, iPads, tablets, etc.
- We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.
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No drivers required on any OS (functions as a one-port USB hub using built-in drivers). Works at full performance with all USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices. Bus powered devices which require USB 2.0's full 500mA per port (such as USB wireless adapters) may require a powered hub between cable and device, because the cable itself consumes approx 66mA out of 500mA, sharing the remainder with the attached device.
Not recommended for devices with high power consumption requirements. This cable will not charge iPads, iPods, or iPhones.
Not recommended for home theater appliances such as TVs, receivers, Blu-ray players, etc.
We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.
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I regularly do "tethered capture" with my DSLR. (In other words, I connect my camera to my computer while I'm actually taking photos so I can see the processed images as I take them.) Since it's practically impossible to have your camera connected to a computer with a 5' cable and still use it to take photos, I ordered the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters) (which is a very good quality product for the price). Combined with the 5' cable my now 15' total length cable was really quite sufficient for most photography in the small studio bay I was using... well, most of the time.
So I decided that I needed even more freedom to move around, and ordered this extension cable. I haven't used it much yet, but I ran some tests with my camera + 5' cable +10' extension + this 32' cable and had no connection problems over 3 hours or so of constantly staying connected and visible to the software. Note that I didn't use the cable with "live view" (same as having the computer use the camera as a remote video camera, basically) so there weren't data constantly being transmitted, but I did take lots of photos at various times (filling up the camera's RAM buffer so it's transmitting as fast as possible) and no issues there.
The repeater on this cable is all the way on the far-side (away from the computer, etc) rather than in the middle of the cable. This is good because the repeater is a hub, and this lets you get another 5m of cable length with a regular cable.Read more ›
Note: if you have any USB devices that require a long extension cable (like over 6' or certainly over 10') try one of these 'active' extension cables. Also note: it will show up as a 'hub' when installed. Works great!
I read in the specs by the manufacturer that this cable was not recommended for newer camera video transfer. I decided to try them and see if they would just transfer the files from my computer to my Mede8er. I never had any intention of streaming the video through them and watching them as they were being transfered.
I hooked everything up and did a test file transfer of 4 gigs, just to see how long it would take to complete the transfer. It took about 4 minutes, which is just about 1 minute more than it takes when I hook the drives directly to the computer with a standard 6 foot USB cable. Very reasonable in my opinion, considering that it is going through more than 40 feet of cable. So for what I bought it for it is a perfect product.
After that I decided to see what would happen if I DID try and stream the video and watch it as it was transferring through one of these. I was surprised to find out that everything up to and including a DVD would play without any problems. Anything that was 720p or higher would not play as a stream at all. It would play a few seconds and freeze. After 10 or so seconds it would again play for a few seconds and freeze.
To really try and cover all angles of sending video through one of these, I then tried to just play video files from the hard drives back to the computer using my VLC player on the computer.Read more ›
Yes, there IS a difference. There are "passive" USB extension cables that do have a serviceable length limit (around 16 feet). I'm assuming there is some kind of serviceable length limit for "active" USB extension cables - but I've not found it yet. Here's how I use it.
A few years ago, I went on vacation to a rural location in upstate New York ... staying at a motel that didn't have WIFI. My laptop said there were no unencrypted (unsecure) WIFI hotspots nearby. However, I have a 2 watt bilinear WIFI amp that amplifies incoming signals and outgoing signals. The WIFI amp & antenna connect to my computer through a USB cable ... but the cable is short. I could see a usable signal but could not connect to it. But using this 32-foot active extension cable, I was able to put the amp's antenna outside my motel room. Once I did that, I got a great connection that maintained itself 24/7 for the week I was on vacation. Not only that, I did a trace on the origin signal. I was in upstate New York. The WIFI signal's origin was across Lake Champlain ... in Vermont (grin).
In any case, whenever I go to remote locations, I always take the amp and the 32-foot cable with me. And so far, I've not failed to get a usable signal.
P.S. In September, I'll be staying at a fancier hotel on the Oregon coast. They have WIFI ... but say reception is "not guaranteed" in the cheap rooms. Hehe, little do they know...
P.P.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a HUGE USB extension cable. I was able to take it from my Steam Link in the living room and extend it practically to the other side of the room for a wired mouse and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by J. Miltzer
This extender works great! Runs a brother printer to my router across the room; just plug and go! The router had no problem detecting and using it.Published 6 days ago by Dustin S.
Works very well, product is exactly as described. What more could you ask for?Published 7 days ago by Kevin J.
I purchased this cable to allow me to place my 3D printer away from my desk and it works perfectlyPublished 8 days ago by Keith Myers
Used this to extend mouse function to a security DVR. Works like a champ. No problems.Published 8 days ago by J. Baker