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Longest effective USB cable?

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  • Started 4 years ago by klbailey326
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klbailey326
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Hi - I need to hook up a HP Laserjet 5M Printer to a system across the room. Moving them closer together is not an option. What is the longest effective USB cable that I can use? I've already got a parallel to USB pigtail on the printer because the system it will connect to only has USB ports. Thanks!

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

USB 2.0 16-foot limit
USB 3.0 9-foot limit

NOT written in stone. (LOL)
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Rick P.

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LH
LH
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Quality of the cable will make a difference too.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Plus Quality of soldiered splices. (LOL) :) :)
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MacGyver P.

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ispalten
ispalten
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If you already have a network, maybe a PRINTER SERVER would work better?

Check prices and types HERE.

Irv S.

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BobJam
BobJam
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Can you adapt that parallel connector to a wireless card? If you can (I have no idea if there is that kind of adapter), and your computer has wireless, then maybe that would negate the need for a USB cable. Thinking/brainstorming out loud . . . may not even be possible.

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PUPPYDOG
PUPPYDOG
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You can get usb extenders that use cat 5e cable in the middle, you can use usb over long distances then.
I have tried them over 30m and they work fine (slightly slower than just usb)
Don't know much about them but you can get usb cables with repeaters built in for longer distances.

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klbailey326
Posts: 7

Thanks, all! The print server would probably work best because right now my new Windows 7 system is driving the printers and only works for one of them so far.

Thanks!

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