USB technology is a common way to connect equipment, charge devices and share data—it’s an industry standard. But sometimes, there can be a frustrating amount of distance between your computer and your device or display. The maximum recommended cable length for USB signals is 3 to 5 meters, or about 10 to 16 feet.
When you need to extend data signals via USB, category cabling is a reliable and easy-to-install solution. Leviton has you covered.
There are multiple USB technologies on the market, but the two main options used in commercial and education settings are USB 1.1 and 2.0.
USB 1.1 is a low-bandwidth connectivity option; it works for interface devices such as a wired or wireless mouse, keyboard, touchscreen connection or webcam. The Leviton USB 1.1 Signal Extender requires no external power, but increases signal reach up to 50 meters.
For higher speed devices, you’ll need USB 2.0—it’s for high bandwidth cameras and video, file sharing, video output for smart phones or tablets, and interactive short-throw projectors and printers. The Leviton 2-Port USB 2.0 Extender can increase signal reach up to 100 meters. It has an AC power need at the transmitter side, so make sure you plan ahead for that. This transmitter-receiver pair supports high speed, full speed and low-speed devices; it also charges devices. An extra benefit of our 2.0 extender is its compatibility with the new USB 3.1 devices.
Both systems extend the USB signal over a single category cable link. This feature makes it ideal for datacom and low-voltage installers, because it’s easy to install and test. The the best performance, we recommend using a premium Cat 6A cable with alien crosstalk prevention. This will make sure you get the performance you expect today, as well as the ability to migrate to newer technologies as they emerge.
Whether you need a 1.1 USB extension for simple data transfer and connectivity, or 2.0, for high definition webcams and device charging, Leviton IT/AV systems can meet your needs.
For more information on Leviton USB Extension or IT/AV systems, please visit www.leviton.com/itav.