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49ft 15M USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Active Extension / Repeater Cable (Kinect & PS3 Move Compatible Extension)
65ft 20M USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Active Extension / Repeater Cable (Kinect & PS3 Move Compatible Extension)
32ft 2 Port USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Active Extension / Repeater Cable
Get three, three, three functions in one cable with the Monoprice USB 2.0 Active Extension/Repeater/Hub!
You can extend the length of your USB 2.0 cable an additional 32 feet with this cable. It comes with a USB A male connector on one end and a pair of USB A female connectors on the other.
When extending USB cables beyond about 15 feet, you can suffer from signal strength reduction. The further you go, the worse it becomes until you get poor (or no) valid connections. This cable includes a signal amplifier, which will boost the signal strength so you can extend further without signal loss. It draws on USB power to provide the boost or can use an optional AC adapter (PID 2220, not included) for the power it needs.
This cable is also serves as a 2-port USB hub. Each of the two USB A female connectors can connect to a discrete USB device and the cable will manage data signals in the same way as any other USB hub. The cable can be used as a passive hub or active, using the optional AC power adapter (PID 2220, not included) connected to the repeater unit, allowing the cable to drive power-hungry USB devices, such as portable hard drives or for phone charging.
The repeater unit has two LEDs, one to indicate when an external power source is connected and the other to indicate when a valid USB data link is established with one or both of the hub ports.
- Dimensions Diagram (Jul 27, 2011)
|Optional Power Receptacle Specifications|
|Inside Pin Diameter||1.3 mm|
|Pin Length||5.5 mm|
|Diameter of Outer Cylinder||5.0 mm|
|Diameter of Inner Cylinder||3.8 mm|
PROS: Extends length of usb cable over passive cabling.
Split one port into two with built in hub.
Easy to use, reliable and affordable.
PROS: Supports two devices. Indicator lights.
CONS: Indicator lights.
PROS: Perfect length. Adequate power for USB camera without using optional power supply.
CONS: No cons experienced.
As I mentioned in the "Cons", there is a junction block at the end of the cable where the two USB sockets join to the main cable. This is also where you connect external power if you need it. The power plug comes in at a right angle to the rest of the cords - it would be better if the external power jack was placed beside the place where the main cable goes into the junction block. Even if this made the junction block a little thicker, it would be better than the current side connection.
PROS: Easy to use.
Works like it's supposed to.
CONS: Placement of power connector could be better.
CONS: LEDs are too bright. I had to cover them with electrical tape.
Next I swapped the 32' cable for a Monoprice 15m single port cable and Monoprice 4 port USB hub. This raised an information dialog box on my Win 7 Toshiba laptop raised and stating that there was a 4 hub limit on chains. Removing the 4 port hub solved the problem, but of course I could only connect one device and not both. Apparently the system sees the repeater modules as hubs.
There is a good deal of contradictory information about the 4-hub limit, but no clear solution. Neither device at the mount draws much power, so I do not know if connecting a 5VDC adapter would help. In any case Monoprice does not seem to stock the adapter they recommend for 15m cable.
That noted the cable works fine by itself or daisy chained with another repeater cable. Whether it can be chained with another 82ft cable, I do not know.
PROS: Worked out of the box and still works many months later
CONS: Sometimes on start up I have to disconnect and reconnect the attached devices (a USB video dongle and a USB to serial adapter) for the laptop to recognize them.
PROS: Carries signal well, no lag when using wired peripherals. Using xbox controller, Logitech HD webcam c910.
CONS: Cable is standard gauge for usb so have to be careful to not to run it over with a chair or hit it in a door.