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  • Great USB 1.1 extender

    posted by CanadaCG on 12/08/2011
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    Involvement:Novice  (still getting used to it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Very inexpensive way to extend a USB cable over long distances. "Plug and Play" - you don't have to install drivers or anything - "it just works". Reliable and well-built.

    Cons:

    Only USB 1.1 speeds - there is no support for USB 2 so will cause a Windows station to give the "slow USB" message when something is connected.

    OtherThoughts:

    If these would support USB 2, they would be "the perfect little device." However, even though they are limited to USB 1.1, they work very well. I used mine to connect a Windows computer to a device called a SMART Board (sort of an electronic, touch-sensitive whiteboard used in a school) and they have been working very well. I was able to use low-cost CAT-5 cable for the 50' extension instead of a bunch of hubs and long cables. Very handy to have.

    Bottomline:

    If your connected device does not require USB 2 then these are the way to go if you have a long USB run that has to be done. Reliable and connects without hassle, drivers, or problems. A very useful device. And at 1/2 the price of the ones we can get in Canada!

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