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USB to CAT5 Adapter and HDMI Splitter/Booster

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January 3, 2014 6:47:08 AM

Alright, so I won't go into the crazy details on what I'm trying to do; those are listed here
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1954806/good-ide...

I just need some clarification on 2 things.
I have 4 old USB to CAT5 adapters that came with my old DirectTV cable service hardware. Could these be used on either end of a CAT5 Cable to make one super long USB Cable? I need it to run through my attic to another room.
Example:
USB - adapter - CAT5 - adapter - USB

I know that both USB and CAT5 can both carry electrical power. I'm thinking that the distance of everything combined would be 60-70 ft MAX. All I'm looking to plug in would be a mouse or USB game controller. Would I need some kind of power booster, or would the cords themselves be able to carry enough current that far?

I'm also thinking of using an HDMI Splitter/Booster. I want to plug 1 computer into 2 different TVs in 2 different rooms. I do not want dual display; I just need every screen to show the same main display. I am simply tired of hauling my compy back and forth between rooms. The splitter is - 1 Input 2 Output. I can't think of any reason why this should not work, especially since I won't even have both TVs on at the same time.

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January 3, 2014 7:19:12 AM

I know that USB in of itself can only go 5 meters, but there are a plethora of USB to CAT5 adapters on the market (including the ones that I own) that claim to be able to extend this length to 50 meters.
http://sewelldirect.com/superusbextender.asp
Mine are not this brand, but are the same thing. Are all these gimmicks as far as advertised length goes then? (I know they work over short distances; I've seen them work)

Or would I be better off going with something like this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/50Ft-50-Ft-USB-2-0-Extension-Re...
Or is this a gimmick too?
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January 3, 2014 7:23:49 AM

No idea if they'd work or not. You'd have to try them.

Bu the USB distance limit is based on getting a return signal within a specified period of time. Basic physics dictates that a signal can only travel so fast, no matter what repeater things you put in the middle.

Again...you'd just have to try it.
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January 3, 2014 7:35:10 AM

I guess I will simply have to try then. Thanks. :) 
If not, do you have any other suggestion at all? Any kind of wireless transmitter possibly?
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