The CUSB3-AP cables are members of Hall Research’s Javelin™ family of active optical video and USB cables. The CUSB3-AP cables are used to extend USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen1) Super-Speed signals at data rates of up to 5 Gbps. They support transparent extension of USB 3.1 Gen1 and are compatible with all USB 3.0 devices including 4K USB 3.0 cameras and USB 3.0 memory devices. They are offered at standard lengths of 15, 30, and 50 meters (50, 100 and 164 ft).
These cables do not extend USB 2.0 or 1.1 devices
(see below for explanation)
The cables are light-weight and are constructed using a hybrid of fiber and copper. Fiber optics offer high immunity to EMI and RFI noise for trouble free operation. The cable uses minimal power and does not require any additional power supply. The USB host connection provides 5v power for operation and the cable sends 5v via its copper wires to the remote (device) end. The cables are constructed using Plenum (CMP) Rated jacket material to ensure compliance with modern building codes. The small cable ends can be easily pulled through most conduits (a pulling sock is recommended).
CUSB3-AP cables are compatible with virtually all USB 3.0 and 3.1 Gen1 devices, and are a perfect solution for extending 4K videoconferencing cameras, video capture, docking stations, and other high-speed data communications.
Note that the CUSB-AP cables only extend USB 3.0 signals.
Why does this cable not work with USB 2.0 or 1.1 devices?
To answer this question, first let's review the differences in USB 3.0 and 2.0 at the physical layer.
USB 2.0 devices use the 4 pins that you can easily see when you look inside a male A-type connector. USB 3.0 devices however do not use these pins, instead they use their own dedicated USB 3.0 pins that are deep in the back of USB 3 connectors. The designers of USB 3.0 added these new pins in the back to allow backward compatibility so both USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices could be plugged into the same connector.
The CUSB3-AP cables actively extend the signals on the USB 3.0 pins using fiber optic cables, therefore USB 2 or 1.1 devices that are using the legacy pins cannot be extended.
|CUSB3-AP15||USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Javelin™ Active Optical Plenum Cable, 15m ( ~ 50ft )||
|CUSB3-AP30||USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Javelin™ Active Optical Plenum Cable, 30m ( ~ 99ft )||
|CUSB3-AP50||USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Javelin™ Active Optical Plenum Cable, 50m ( ~ 165ft )||