USB distance question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by raz, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. raz

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Since a keyboard is a low speed USB device the cable length is limited to 3 meters according to the USB spec. If a USB 2.0 hub is added, Ive been told the cable length can increase to 5 meters. Does it matter what end of the cable the hub is attached to (host or device side)? Does the hub increase the keyboard signal speed from low speed to full or high speed?
  2. strantor

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 3, 2010
    Have you tried just hooking it up without a hub? I have never had any problems with USB >3M. I just hooked up a printer with about 20ft of USB extension cables and it worked just fine
  3. lowprofile


    Oct 31, 2011
    There are some great devices out there that can extend USB distance, sometimes using other cables such as CAT5E. You should check out your local computer hardware store... There are even wireless USB devices that work with all asynchronous USB applications (ie, not video cameras).
  4. raz

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Thanks for the replies but they don't answer my questions. I searched with no luck so figured I would try this forum.