I decided to talk to you today about Icron’s USB extensions. I will try to explain everything that a USB extension (USB Extender) can do, what is it for, etc…

First, let’s start with Universal Serial Bus (USB) bus technology, which was designed to be an inexpensive way to connect a wide variety of peripherals to a computer, as simple as plugging a lamp into a socket. . Peripherals include printers, keyboards, scanners, digital cameras etc. This feature is sometimes also called “plug-and-play”. The idea is

USB 2.0 - USB3.0

USB 2.0 – USB3.0

that the devices would be “almost” ready to use, once the user has plugged the device into the host (computer). “Almost” means that all the user needs to do is connect the device and sometimes simply install device-specific software. This software is called a “driver”. The driver for a specific device is shipped with the computer (usually installed by the vendor as a component in a software library), or is provided by the manufacturer on a disk supplied with the device (and also available on the site Manufacturer’s web with updates).

USB technology allows users to connect up to 127 devices simultaneously to the computer, at least theoretically.

The USB specification currently defines three levels of performance, as follows:

    • USB low speed
      The low speed USB is the “less expensive” level, with a data transfer rate of 1.5 Mb/sec. However, the payload is actually less than 1.5 Mb/s, because some data transferred is the information necessary to control the transfer of the file and not real data. The standard recommends low speed USB for devices requiring a transfer rate of up to 100 kb/s. Devices for this speed are interactive, such as keyboards, mice, gaming devices and virtual devices. But nowadays, even this kind of device requires more transfer speed.


    • USB full speed
      Full speed USB is the “low cost” class, with a data transfer rate of 12 Mb/s. This is recommended for devices that require a maximum real transfer rate of 10 Mbps, such as applications. Telephone, audio and video compressed. It also guarantees the bandwidth of data (how much data per second) and latency (how much time of data transmission). Many technical documents call this “high speed”, although strictly speaking, this is not accurate. Incorrect usage was especially common before the introduction of high-speed USB, when it was only at 1.5 Mb/s and 12 Mb/s which were the only existing versions.


  • USB high speed
    USB broadband, better known as USB 2.0, is qualified by the standard of “low cost”. The data transfer rate is 480 Mb/s and in practice it is for devices operating at up to 400 Mbps, such as video, storage, imaging, and broadband applications. There is even USB 3.0 now; so the speed has greatly improved.

The problem with USB technology is that there is a limit to the distance between the device and the host computer that controls it. The maximum cable length of 5 meters (about 16 feet) from the USB cable cannot be lengthened and Icron USB Extenderone cable cannot be connected directly to another cable in order to reach a longer distance without losing the efficiency of the cable. Transfer. No active or passive cable extension or similar unit is specified by the standard. Thus, the only “legal” way to place a device more than 5 meters from the host is to use hubs.

That’s where the Icron Company comes in with its USB extensions. Icron is the world leader in USB 1.1, USB 2.0, USB 3.0/3.1 expansion solutions. Icron’s patented ExtremeUSB® technology extends the reach of USB over multiple media types such as CAT x, fiber, LAN, wireless, coax and powerline. Icron’s products include the extremeUSB suite of features: seamless USB extension, true plug and play (no software drivers required) and works with all major operating systems such as Windows®, macOS ™ and Linux®.

You can expand your USB devices up to 328 feet (100 meters) away. Icron’s products are of irreproachable quality and moreover it is a Canadian Manufacturer located in British Columbia.

I had the chance to test Icron USB Ranger 2204, USB Ranger 2304 and USB 3.0 Spectra 3001-15 models. It works really well and everything goes like water!

There are also USB 2.0 Ranger 2301, USB 2.0 Ranger 2311 and USB 2.0 Ranger 2312 models running on Catx cable. For those with Fiber Optic cable, you will not be left out; you can go without fear with Fiber models such as USB 2.0 Ranger 2324, USB 2.0 Ranger 2344 and USB 2.0 Spectra 3022. And if you are looking for cheaper solutions for USB 1.1, there are USB 1.1 Rover 1850 models. And USB 1.1 Rover 2850.No, really, Icron is a good product that I recommend for testing personally and you will not go wrong with these products.

You can find them at a good price at EHS-Canada.


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