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Nifty Things .... an occasional series of interesting AV products

Posted by Karin Cahill

27/03/2019, 12:05

Nifty Things: an occasional series looking at small, interesting AV products that create options, solve problems and generally make AV installers’ lives easier…
USB is one of the most widely used and useful interfaces in the IT world. But in many instances, USB 2.0's 5 metre maximum cable length just isn't enough. USB conference cameras and microphones often need to be connected more than 5m from the host computer (especially when cabled through the wall, ceiling or floor). And how handy would it be to be able to connect a USB hard drive or memory stick a long way from the host PC? 

Gefen offers two simple solutions to the 'USB cables are too short' puzzle: 

USB 2.0 SR Extender (over one Cat-5 cable) 

  • SR = Short Range: extends USB2.0/1.1 up to 50m on a single Cat-5 cable 
  • up to 2.0A power available at the receiver - works with just about any USB 2.0 device 
  • full 480Mbps transfer speed 
  • compact metal enclosures 
  • $649 inc GST RRP 
USB 2.0 LR Extender (over one Cat-5 cable) 
  • LR = Short Range: extends USB2.0/1.1 up to 100m on a single Cat-5 cable 
  • receiver includes a 2-port USB hub, with each port able to supply up to 500mA - works with just about any USB 2.0 device 
  • full 480Mbps transfer speed 
  • compact metal enclosures 
  • $829 inc GST RRP

These rugged little devices are field-proven over and over, and are a great way to extend (literally!) the usefulness of one of the most useful IT interfaces ever seen. Nifty Things for sure. 

To locate an Gefen dealer click here. 

To speak to someone from our friendly Gefen team, click here.

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Topics: Gefen, AV, extenders, USB

   
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