27.07.14

Extron introduces USB extender for multi-device support

Extron has introduced the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 metres) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable.

The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps.

Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host.

Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus allows the device to be integrated into a variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space.

The USB Extender Plus streamlines integration by avoiding IT-specific design criteria that may be in conflict with the need to extend KVM in professional AV installations. For increased system reliability, peripheral emulation mimics continuous connection of device to host.

Real-time status LED indicators provide visual confirmation of port activity between an active host and each connected peripheral device. The 1in (2.5 cm) high, quarter rack width enclosure of both the USB Extender Plus transmitter and receiver allow rack mounting or discreet installation beneath a table or inside a lectern.