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USB cords won't work with Linksys Wireless-G Network Adapter

I have a Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter Model No. WUSB54GS ver.2.1 and only one of my USB cords works with it, and one with no markings except 'CBL' on the type A side. The two other USB cords I tried with it are USB 2.0's and they wont work with it, wont power up, nothing. I need to buy a 25 foot USB cable for this thing, but dont know if it will work considering the situation. What's going here, and what USB cord should I buy?
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    You need to buy a shorter cord. USB spec is limited to 5 meters, or 3 meters, depending on what level USB you need.

    http://superuser.com/questions/64744/maximum-length-of-a-usb-cable
  2. These other two USB cords I have are about 3 ft long, why don't they work?
  3. linux-user said:


    It exists. It might not work, though.
    USB spec depends on getting a return signal from the device, in a specified time period. Longer cable means a longer time span.
    Ergo, some device may not work.
  4. linux-user said:
    These other two USB cords I have are about 3 ft long, why don't they work?


    Unknown. Does that adapter work with no USB cable? Even a little bit?

    WiFi is very dependent on environmental conditions.
  5. Should I get a 3 or 5 meter for this wireless box, and will it even work considering my strange problem?
  6. So it works with one cable. That indicates the thing actually works, and your other cables are faulty.

    Get another cable, 5 meters or shorter, and see what happens.
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    Unknown. Does that adapter work with no USB cable? Even a little bit?

    It receives power from the USB cord, and does not take batteries.
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    So it works with one cable. That indicates the thing actually works, and your other cables are faulty.

    The other 2 cables came from devices currently in use, so I can say they do in fact work.
  9. linux-user said:
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    So it works with one cable. That indicates the thing actually works, and your other cables are faulty.

    The other 2 cables came from devices currently in use, so I can say they do in fact work.


    That a USB cable works with one device does not automatically mean it works with your WiFi adapter.
    Usually yes, but not guaranteed.
  10. I guess I just need to buy a couple USB cords and see what happens...
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