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Icron USB Ranger 2204 for Web Cam extension application

As part of a recent project for one of our customers we were tasked with installing USB extenders at a new facility for multiple systems.  We initially purchased several less expensive 4 port USB extender hubs for the project.  Though the product came with a driver CD they actually worked with just plug and play on our Windows 7 laptops.  The problem we ran into was that they did not support our USB web cams which were the primary devices we needed for the project.

00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

I called and talked to KVMSwitchTech’s support department.  It turned out that there is a known issue with many USB extenders and web cameras.  They recommended replacing the devices with the 00-00256 Icron USB Ranger.  The 2204 USB Rangers are the only extenders I have found that actually support isochronous data transfer.  After receiving the new extenders we were able to once again use the plug and play functionality of USB to instantly connect and recognize the extender as well as all of our remote USB devices including, finally, the web cameras.  The moral of the story is that not all USB 2.0 extenders are created equal and it’s important to know what device types you are using.  And a special thanks to the guys at KVMSwitchTech who actually spent the time to help sort out the problem.


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VGA Extenders an Ideal Product for Analog Video Signal Extension

This VGA Extender is an ideal product to extend analog video signal up to 1000ft away from the video source. It has an additional VGA loop port on the transmitter unit to connect a local VGA Monitor.

VGA Extender over CAT5e/CAT6 Cable Extends up to 1000FT

VGA Extender over CAT5e/CAT6 Cable Extends up to 1000FT


Some of the key applications for this unit are video monitoring and surveillance, digital signage, IT presentations and demonstrations. VGA over Cat5 extender, VGA-BAL-1000 is available with options like audio, RS232 and IR support. Each of the extender receiver units features a separate gain and peaking rotary switch used for adjusting brightness and skew over long distances

Key Features

  • Extend high resolution VGA signal over a single Cat5e/6/7 cable
  • Adjust GAIN and PEAK levels to adapt for variable UTP cable lengths
  • Supports maximum resolutions up to WUXGA
  • CAT5e/6/7 output via RJ45 Jack
  • Transmitter includes local VGA Monitor Output
  • EDID Compliant
  • 5VDC external power supply included

Advantages of using a VGA Extender

These units are designed to extend audio and video signals directly from your VGA Video source over a single Cat5e/6/7 cable. You can use your laptop, desktop, or a blue ray player to display crisp and clear high resolution images up to 1000ft. These reasonably priced VGA extenders can be used in any environment including SOHO, Commercial, Information Technology and Government applications.

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Cat5 USB Extender Solutions for Different Applications

Cat5 USB Extenders allow you to extend USB devices up to 330ft away over ordinary Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cables. Ideal use is with USB printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, hard drives, and other 1.1 and 2.0 USB devices. These extender units are available in single port, 2 port, and 4 port which extend to one/two/four devices correspondingly. These Cat5 extenders comprise of a receiver unit and transmitter, which connects through USB ports on computers. USB Extender units can be used in homes, offices, educational institutes, and other large facilities that need to connect USB devices over long distances. Cat5 USB Extender products are great for using to connect USB printers in large buildings (maximum 330ft).

What CAT5 USB Extender is best for my situation?

Peripheral device users who need to connect one device like a keyboard or mouse, over a distance less than 150ft can do so using a Cat5 cable and a device like the USB Extender over Cat5 Single Port (USBEXT-1P). This device only allows a maximum throughput speed of 12 Mbit/s because it is USB 1.1. This unit does not require an external power supply.

00-00297 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2201 Extender

Figure1 – 00-00297 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2201 Extender

Users wanting to connect a single high-speed device with faster throughput like an isochronous web cam over further distances should use a device like the USB 2.0 Ranger 2201 Extender (00-00297). The USB Ranger 2201 uses USB 2.0, which allows higher throughput (up to 480 MB/s) and connects to a device up to 330ft away over Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cables. The 2201 operates with USB 2.0 high-speed host controllers and USB 1.1 classic hosts and supports Control, Interrupt, Bulk and Isochronous USB device types. The maximum number USB devices that can be used with this unit are 14 USB Devices or 3 USB hubs with 11 USB devices. Other ideal uses are connecting a single printer, scanner, hard drive, or audio device.

00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

Figure2 – 00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

Users wanting to connect a few high-speed devices like multiple backup hard drives over 300+ ft away should use a device like the USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender 4 Port Hub (00-00256). USB Ranger 2204 has basically the same specs as 2201 but allows for up to four devices to be connected. Other ideal uses are to hook up video surveillance via live feed of multiple web cams, or connecting multiple printers, scanners, hard drives, audio devices.

All the devices described are plug and play ready (do not require extra software drivers), and are supported by all major operating systems including Windows ®, Mac OS®, and Linux®. These devices are favorites within the professional information technology community because of their affordable prices, outstanding quality, and ease of use compared to other USB Extender products available on the market today.