Today’s product showcase is for MilesTek’s USB 2.0 over Cat5e/Cat6 Advanced Extenders.

It comes in two parts, a local module and a remote module. The system allows you to connect a USB device to the remote end, and transmit the signal over up to 100 meters of Cat5e or Cat6 cable.

Why do you need a USB 2.0 Advanced Extender?

With standard USB 2.0 cables, the upper limit on cable length is about 15 feet. With older USB 1.1 cables, you’re restricted to only 10 feet. That’s enough for most home applications, but there are plenty of situations where that won’t be nearly enough.

If you need to control a presentation with a USB device, set up a webcam far away from the reach of standard USB cables, or install a touchscreen monitor for remote user interaction, you’ve got to have a USB over Cat5e/Cat6 extender. It’s also great for remote printing, scanning, external storage, sound equipment, and streaming video.

USB 2.0 Advanced Extender Hardware Details

The MilesTek USB 2.0 over Cat5e/Cat6 advanced extender is made up of two modules. At one end, you’ll connect your PC via USB, and at the other end, you’ll connect the USB device. We also offer a USB 2.0 over Cat5e/Cat6 advanced extender with 4 ports for additional connectivity options.

The user side is powered by an AC adapter, included with the USB extender. This is needed because USB peripherals can draw up to 500 milliamps, which won’t travel over an Ethernet cable. The module that attaches to your PC doesn’t need a power adapter, although you can attach one if your PC setup is already drawing too much power.  However, this isn’t likely to be necessary.

Both modules come in durable metal cases to resist wear and tear.

The system doesn’t require you to install any drivers- the hardest part of setting it up is walking all the way from one end to the other. It works with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Features:

  • Extends USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices up to 100 meters
  • Supports all USB device types
  • No driver installation required – install and use this device immediately, true plug and play.
  • Can increase the number of devices with additional USB hubs
  • Works well with USB printers, hard drives, audio devices, web cams, game controllers, and more