Solved How long can a USB mouse cable get?

June 8, 2015 at 14:45:36
Specs: Win 7
I want to add an 8-foot long extension to my USB 2.0 mouse
cable so it can snake through my desk instead of going across
the top of the desk (no, I don't want a wireless mouse). Is that
completely ok, or is it possible that adding eight feet to the
existing six-foot cable would cause problems? I could shorten
the existing cable to three feet, so that the total length would
be eleven feet. Would that make any difference?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
June 8, 2015 at 14:52:02
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Jeff

The information below comes from a Google search. Although it indicates your specifed length is excessive it may well work anyway. Why would you need 14' total? Seems like a lot. Shorter extension cables are available.

16 feet 5 inches
USB Cable Length Limitations: The USB specification limits the length of a cable between full speed (or high speed) devices to 5 meters (16 feet 5 inches) and for low speed devices the limit is 3 meters (9 feet 10 inches).

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#2
June 8, 2015 at 15:32:58
I have used 5metre cables with a usb hard drive, and it was fine. Even pushed it with another 1metre addition and it was ok as well.

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#3
June 8, 2015 at 23:25:53
For anything longer than about 15 feet look into a USB repeater cable.

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#4
June 9, 2015 at 04:48:14
The cable on my mouse goes diagonally across the top of my desk
from the back of the computer on the left to a platform at the front-right.
I want to replace that with a new USB extension cable which snakes
through the desk from the computer to a USB socket attached to the
underside of the platform. The mouse would then plug into the new
socket.

A problem with that is that in order for the mouse cable to get to the
location of the new socket, it has to pass through a very narrow slot.
Too narrow for the standard USB A male connector to get through.
So I want to replace it with a micro USB A male connector. Thus the
new socket needs to be a micro USB A female connector. Micro A
connectors are not often seen. The connectors on cell phones are
micro B.

Here is an extension cable that almost does what I want:

http://www.amazon.com/AFUNTA-Qualit...

It only costs $5.50. But it is only 5 inches long. It needs to be 8 feet.

I can have a cable custom-made by an outfit in another state for $50.
Does anyone know if I can get one at much lower cost? A pre-made
cable should only be $10. I'd hope to get one custom-made for $20,
and locally.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
June 9, 2015 at 05:12:51
16 $ for a wireless keyboard and mouse...

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#6
June 9, 2015 at 05:13:19
Can't you open the hole a bit with a drill?

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#7
June 9, 2015 at 07:06:55
Google for "8 feet USB extension cable" Below is one example

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#8
June 9, 2015 at 07:18:47
Not without significantly damaging the desk. However, now that
I look again, I see that when I pull the mouse platform out, I can
force the mouse's A-type connector through the gap. I might be
able to file or melt the plastic housing enough to make passing
it through the gap a reasonable thing to do when I want to get the
mouse out of the way. Then I'll just need an 18-inch extension
with ordinary A-type connectors.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
June 9, 2015 at 08:03:20
Sandpaper did it. I sanded both sides of the connector to get
down *almost* to the bottoms of the recessed logo areas. Maybe
half a millimeter on each side.

Did you help? I think so. Thank you!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
June 9, 2015 at 10:35:42
Just my 2 cents worth, the max length of the USB cable is to guarantee no data corruption. If you exceeded the max length and a flash drive or hard drive was connected, you could run the risk of data corruption which would be disastrous. If you exceed the max length with a mouse, the corruption of a few ones or zeros here or there would probably not even be noticed.

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#11
June 9, 2015 at 14:43:53
That's the sort of thing I was wondering when I asked. I don't want
my mouse causing problems too subtle for me to notice! I depend
on it particularly in graphics creation and editing.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#12
June 11, 2015 at 08:39:30
Understood. Well I guess all you can do is try it and see if it performs well for you.

If not, try as DAVEINCAPS suggested and get a repeater cable or maybe try a powered USB hub.


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#13
June 11, 2015 at 10:18:19
You "could" use a KVM arrangement - and there models now that include a usb port...

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#14
June 28, 2015 at 22:18:13
UPDATE

(Somebody else selected the "Best Answer", not me.)

I got a 3-metre (almost 10-foot) USB A male to A female non-active
extension cable. It is about 2 feet longer than I needed, but I couldn't
find an 8-footer.

I connected it to a mouse with a cable that is about 7 feet long, so
the total length is about 17 feet. It is working okay.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#15
June 30, 2015 at 03:26:07
Jeff, I can change the selection if you tell me which post you want to select.

I didn't select my own post.

If you didn't make that selection then one of the other moderators must have. It is desirable to have solutions to threads where possible.

So, #14 then?

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#16
June 30, 2015 at 06:06:08
Oh, no, you can leave it as is. If you really want a "Best", it's as
good a choice as any.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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