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AB USB Cables
« on: Mar 05, 2009, 01:35 pm »
I am looking for A-B USB cables to run from my HP Deskjet 6980 printer to my wireless Mac airport.
I need at least 24' of white cabling...
Help ~

I've tried Best Buy, Fry's and Radio Shack.
No one has 24' lengths...
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Re: AB USB Cables
« Reply #1 on: Mar 05, 2009, 02:17 pm »
Nobody has 24' lengths because the maximum length of a USB cable is about 16 feet  ;).  Anything more you will have signal degradation.

For an "economic" approach that you'd use in a home you may want to look at an Active USB Cable.  This will boost the signal over a short distance and would cover your needs.  Buy a 15' active USB-A male to USB-A female, then a 15' passive USB-A male to USB-B male and you should be set for home use at a low cost.

If you're doing this in a theatre or as a permanent installation you'd want a more robust solution.  For a proper commercial installation I'd recommend converting USB to Cat 5.  This would be done using a USB Repeater.  This converts the signal to Cat 5 with a standard RJ45 connector (typical ethernet cable) and allows a run of over 300 feet.

The signal flow would be something like this  (SR = signal repeater):

Printer {USBA---USBA}USBA-Cat5 SR {Cat5(RJ45)--Up to 300 ft--Cat5(RJ45)}Cat5-USBA SR{USBA---USBB}Airport

« Last Edit: Mar 05, 2009, 02:24 pm by kmc307 »
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Re: AB USB Cables
« Reply #2 on: Mar 15, 2009, 12:21 pm »
I never did thank you for the suggestion.
Works like a charm!!!
Thank you.
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Re: AB USB Cables
« Reply #3 on: Mar 16, 2009, 10:37 am »
Anytime VSM!

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