Key Digital Intros Old-Fashioned USB 2.0 Extender

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Just as USB 3 becomes the standard for new USB devices, Key Digital introduced the new KD-X USB2 USB 2.0 transmitter and receiver extender kit. It’s designed for USB 1.1 – 2.0 devices. This new extender is slated for release in the second quarter of 2020 (so basically, now).

Installation of the KD-XUSB2 allows USB 2 devices to be extended in conference rooms, classrooms, business offices and connected homes. No USB driver software is necessary, and it works with Windows, Mac and Linux computers too. The compact size and built-in L bracket chassis design make mounting ideal at tables, desks or walls.

Supporting low, full, and high data transfer speeds up to 480Mbps (aka not USB 3), the KD-XUSB2 enables host laptops, computers, smart TVs, and appliances to connect with devices such as webcams, keyboard and mouse, hard drives, printers and scanners, USB microphones, touch-screen displays, conferencing DSPs and more. The transmitter features one USB-B connection, and the receiver has two USB-A ports, which may also connect to a USB hub for up to 15 supported devices.

The extender kit is backward compatible, supporting USB versions 1.1 through 2.0 with USB signal extension up to 50m (164ft) via single CAT5e/6 cable. Only the transmitter needs a power connection using Power over CAT (PoC) with which the transmitter powers the receiver. Additionally, with USB device-powering, the receiver unit may provide 5V 500mA power to a connected device.