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USB cable length and samsung printer

by zillah2004 / November 1, 2012 12:12 AM PDT

Hi Experts

I have been experience this problem recently.

I have got a USB printer when I connect it through a new 5 m USB (non brand name, and not faulty) cable it didn't work but when I connect the same printer via 1.5 m it works.

I tried the same printer on desktop and laptop

Is the USB cable quality an issue ? mean If I got a quality brand that problem shouldn't happen ?

I had been experiencing similar issue with other USB devices when I used USB extension cables , laptop or desktop couldn't recognize USB devices (USB stick, printer, etc)


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Printer/USB etc.
by pgc3 / November 1, 2012 2:41 AM PDT

It may be that if you are going to use cable extenders you might want to try a powered hub, USB hub, uses adapter and plugs into A/C source.

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5 meters!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2012 2:51 AM PDT

Wow, that's a stretch for USB. You'll have to look at other solutions if it doesn't work. I am guessing you need the USB spec so here is an article to beat that issue.

5 meters is that absolute everything has to be perfect for it to work all the time distance. I think putting a hub halfway would have been my first try at the distance.

Then again, I have done 10 feet without much trouble.

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All factors considered...
by Willy / November 1, 2012 3:14 AM PDT

If you review the specs on any USB devices it may suggest the distance it can support. Typical operation is 3M or 10ft. or less. Cable quality does matter and be a direct 1-to-1 connection in other words, no added cable, splicing or boxes, etc.. If distance is a MUST then a USB repeater is required. You proved it worked when you swapped with a shorter cable. Signal attenuation and/or strength is a must for greater distances even with a good cable. 5M is just pushing it too far which is why you see 5-6ft or 2M offered for sale all the time. Though 5M is the max. distance that can be used, it has to be "ideal conditions" and quality does matter once again.

tada ------Willy Happy

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USB cable
by jkhes / December 20, 2012 1:27 AM PST

Some printers do work better on shielded USB cable. 5m length is perfect for printing. I even used 10m shielded cables without any problem.

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