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Waltere

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USB2 cable computer to printer length
« on: November 09, 2010, 08:58:32 PM »

Newbie, with a new 3880, which is working wonderfully with a 10 foot cable, but I sure would like a longer one.
Are there any problems with a 15-16 foot one? Thanks!

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Randy Carone

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Re: USB2 cable computer to printer length
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 10:07:12 PM »

I have 16 ft of USB on my 3800 with no issues. I seem to recall that 16' is as long as one should go on USB 2.0. Any techies out there?
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Re: USB2 cable computer to printer length
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 10:10:40 PM »

You can chain up to five USB powered extension cables together, for a total length not over 15 metres (these are not the same as regular USB cables: they have a bus-powered repeater inside the female connector end).

Longer lengths are possible with an intermediate conversion to fibre optic cable, but this is much more expensive.
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Re: USB2 cable computer to printer length
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 12:44:49 AM »

USB 1.0 length max is 3 meters and USB 2.0 is up to 15 meters; both without a repeater.

Using hubs, up to 30 meters and using a Cat-5 extender, up to 50 feet.

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Re: USB2 cable computer to printer length
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 04:58:33 AM »

USB 1.0 length max is 3 meters and USB 2.0 is up to 15 meters; both without a repeater.
This is the official norm... and then comes the problem of compatibilty with that hardware.
I know firsthand that my ADSL modem worked fine on USB2 with a 2m cable, but wasn't seen at all with a 5m (15ft) cable ; I discovered it was a known peculiarity of it and switched to RJ45 connection, which is a treat for long cable lengths (up to 50m at least IIRC).
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Re: USB2 cable computer to printer length
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 11:06:38 AM »

USB 1.0 length max is 3 meters and USB 2.0 is up to 15 meters; both without a repeater.

USB 2.0 is 5 metres maximum for high speed devices, unless low speed equipment and/or low resistance cable is used. The latter option works, I have a 10 metre USB 2.0 cable with a repeater that seems to work fine on an active USB port.

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