I would like to buy a USB hub and extension cables, so that I can have USB connections more conveniently available.
My PC is not right next to where I sit.
I would need extensions of about 10 meters (about 32 feet).
It's not a big problem if I want to use USB 2.0, there is a wide selection of both hubs and active extensions available, but seeing as USB 3.0 will soon be the standard I would like to go for a "future-proof" solution.
Buffalo has a 4-port hub, the BSH4A03U3, but the article says it's only available in Japan. I live in Norway and have been unable to find it in any US or European shops.
I could possibly obtain one, I know someone who has connections to Japan (although it would be more convenient if I could obtain it without asking him).
A bigger problem, however, is finding USB 3.0 extensions that goes as far as 10m/32ft (I know there probably wouldn't be one cable that goes that far anyway, would probably have to be two of 5m/15-16ft).
USB has a limit to how long the cables are without data errors, even some cables that are made and sold don't work too well. To find a widely available USB3 hub you may need to wait a bit before the standard is in more wide use. I would not run USB 10 meters. Usually after 3-4 meters you can see issues with devices either not working or working spradically. Had a scanner that would only scan once before you needed to power cycle it, scan one time, then the PC would not see it anymore. The user replaced the setup with a longer cable to move the scanner, soon as I replaced her long cable with a 2 meter one, was working perfect again.
I have seen USB extension/adapter for RJ45 that clip onto both ends of a cat5e (ethernet) cable. USB2.0 has a max length of 5 meters however cat5e I believe can span up to 100 meters. However, I am not sure if this would work with USB3.0 as there may be some sacrifice in data speeds making it pointless. Here is a link to an ebay listing of one but is doesnt seem to specify if USB 3.0 would work:
I have some USB2.0 5 meter extenders that I bought of ebay that are "active" extensions meaning that they draw extra power from the motherboard and allow the signal to be repeated at the 5 meter mark. The connectors on the extenders are much bigger and are obviously part of the harware to draw extra power. A total of 5 of these can be connected together to extend up to 25 metres. I would assume that they haven't been made yet for USB3.0 but its probably worth keeping an eye out for them.
Yeah, the active extensions you have is what I'm talking about. Guess it's just not out for 3.0 yet.
I have no experience using those kind of extensions though, but I suppose hang-the-9 has a point in that it may cause data loss. I already knew about that possibility, but no idea how good the active extensions are.
I have two of them connected for a 10 meter distance and haven't really had any issues. the only issues have been when connecting a USB hub to the end and trying to plug multiple devices into it - was causing the "USB device not recognised" error. I'd say that this is most likely a power issue so I am buying a powered USB hub to plug into the end and a power socket as well.. I'm guessing this might overcome the issue so I will soon find out.