USB is the most popular port to connect between computer to the peripheral device through a cable. Unfortunately, the length of cable is mostly limited to few feet. Hence, if you using those peripheral devices far enough from the machine, increasing the length is necessary. So, how to extend a USB cable properly?
How to Extend a USB Cable?
The first thing you must do is measure the length of the cable. Why? Because the USB technology has a limited length allowed to prevent unreliable connection. There is two kind of USB cable extension, passive and active. Both of them can add more range from 4 meters to 30 meters.
Passive USB Cable Extension
Passive USB cable is the cheapest solution to extend your current cable. The maximum length allowed for this type is 4 meters or 13 feet. If your cable has 2 meters in length, please only choose 1 or 2 meters extension.
Increasing cable length over maximum capacity will lead to unreliable connection during data transfer and might be damaged your data. Meanwhile, to prolong beyond the limit, it requires active USB cable.
Active USB Cable Extension
Unlike passive version who limited to 4 meters in range, active USB cable can maintain signals going through a USB cable and deliver same quality at the end. This kind of extension able to reach up to 100 feet or about 30 meters without losing reliability.
So, if you want to connect a computer to a device that located in your neighbor, active USB cable is a good solution. Yet, the price of this cable is many times higher than passive cable.
Convert Wired USB Device into Wireless
The last option to extend range peripheral from its computer is using a B2B connection. This device allows you to connect any wired USB device and convert it to Bluetooth. Just plug in USB mouse or USB keyboard to it, then pair the device to the computer, and bam your wired device is now wireless.