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Ultimate Geek

# 32509 18-Apr-2009 18:01
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Does anyone know how long a USB cable can be before video or data will start to crap out?  I want to play media from an external hard drive, but keep it located in a differrent area of the room.

Also I need a USB extension cable, but cant find anything over 1.5m length, can USB cables be custom made?

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Master Geek

  # 207815 18-Apr-2009 18:20
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According to wikipedia: 5m without a regerating hub (for USB2.0)

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Master Geek

  # 208006 19-Apr-2009 20:33
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Ultimate Geek

  # 208035 19-Apr-2009 22:24
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cheers guys, appreciate it!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 208063 20-Apr-2009 07:59
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Pock: Unless you use this

That device only claims to be USB 1.0 (12Mbit/sec max) so may not meet your requirements for a hard disk.  You can buy active 5m cables (then attach another 5m passive cable for 10m) but your hard disk will probably need an external power supply.

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Master Geek

  # 208209 20-Apr-2009 18:35
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Here's a USB 2.0 one

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  # 208461 22-Apr-2009 00:21
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Watch out for cheap USB cables - there are heaps around that are a 5m passive extension that will barely run a mouse at the best of times - an active one is not much more from deal extreme (about $12 US)

Just remember, that 2.0 is just a revision of USB specification, saying 2.0 doesnt mean that it supports 480 megabit speed - that is high speed USB - any one can say their thing will do full speed USB 2.0 and be correct when it only goes at 12 megs, because thats what full speed is.


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