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.
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.
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.