Using multiple USB extender cords

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  1. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Quick question...don't know if this is the right place to post...I need to connect a printer via USB but the cord is not long enough. I am planning on buying two USB extender cables (with a male and a female end) to reach the distance. The total cord length should not exceed 18 feet, but will I loose signal at that distance with the signal having to travel through 3 different cords? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Instead, buy an Airport Express and run an Ethernet cable to it, as Ethernet can run much longer than USB without losing signal.
    With that many USB connections you will have problems. Never do more than one USB extension/hub or more than 10ft of cable between your computer and the device, regardless of what any of the official specs say. Any more and you are asking for trouble.
     
  3. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately can't use ethernet because there is no slot for that.
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Computer-Ethernet Cable-AirPort Express-USB Cable-Printer.
     
  5. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That would cost more than the printer! It is only say 15 feet I have to go.
     
  6. steviem macrumors 68020

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    Even one extender brings the cable out of USB spec.

    Give it a go by all means, but the sure fire way of it working is unfortunately bringing it within range of a single USB cable.
     
  7. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What if I buy one cord that is long enough will that cause problems?
     
  8. steviem macrumors 68020

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    One cord should be alright, 5m is about 16ft so enough for you.
     
  9. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Again, going over 10ft is risky in reliability. If you absolutely need to, make sure to get a thick cable that is well insulated.
     
  10. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I completely agree, I was just point out that it is possible.
     

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