USB peripherals can be placed at a distance of 150 feet from the source using a USB Extender for connecting the devices. Consisting of a transmitter and a receiver, the former is connected to the input port on the extender and the latter to its output. Once the connections are secured using Category cables and the device is powered on, the unit is ready to operate. It follows plug and play functionality and simple installation procedures and does not require any external power adapters. . Since the Cat5 cables are used for connecting the devices, extension is simple and economical. Compliant with USB 1.0 and 1.1 specifications, these devices are compatible with any USB device.
Three models, the Cat5 USB Booster, the fiber optic extender and the Wireless USB extender, are available in the market. Difference between them lies in the distance of extension as well as the mode of connection between the source and display units. While the Cat5 and the fiber optic extenders use wires for securing connections, the wireless device works on wireless 802.11 type connections. All three versions support security cameras, barcode scanners, keyboards, printers, scanners etc. Patented by Icron’s Extreme USB technology, these extension units offer multi platform support and can work with operating systems such as Windows, MAC, Linux and Sun.
Amongst the many features of this USB Extension device, the key features and specifications are; standard agency approvals such as FCC, RoHS and CE Class A certification, LEDs that indicate the link performance status and embedded connector integrated circuits on both sides. Signals loss can be prevented by using these extenders in conjunction with USB hubs. Since signals are transmitted in real time, it appears as though the peripherals are locally connected. The main advantage of using these units is that they allow placement of the CPUs in a secure location and the peripherals in a convenient location which is away from the host system.
All these features make the USB Extender an ideal device for educational institutions, corporate environments and boardrooms, conference and training facilities, remote monitoring facilities, financial and government agencies where the computer is placed at a necessary location and the peripherals at a desired one.