MSolutions is now shipping its new USB cable test (UCT) module for USB cables, signal types and connectivity options. The UCT module also helps users understand the power consumption of a USB device in relation to the host, as well as bandwidth, data speeds and the presence of specific wires across the cable that match varied USB specifications.
Introduced at the InfoComm show in June, the UCT joins the growing family of modules for the company’s handheld MS-TestPro (MS-104B) device. MSolutions also offers HDMI, HDBaseT, IP and DC Resistance modules for its all-in-one AV tester.
The UCT module arrives on the market at a time of need for installers and tech managers tasked with modernizing meeting and learning spaces. Modernizing these spaces means an increased reliance on the USB transmission of AV signals, which also raises compliancy issues between transmitting and receiving devices.
The UCT removes the mystery of which cables are compatible between cameras, extenders and displays or computers by identifying what USB signal types the cable can pass. Upon attaching the module to a USB cable, MS-104B users receive accurate test measurements for USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB 3.0 (Type A), and USB 3.0 (Type B) to USB 3.0 (Type A), for example. The tester will also identify and qualify the USB version that the cable is specified to, which is often the root of compatibility issues – especially when laptops are involved.
The UCT also confirms power consumption levels from USB devices, and the amount of power that the cable can transfer. As MSolutions CTO Ariel Marcus explains it, USB-C signal failure typically happens when the transmitting device and cable cannot provide the amount of power required for the signal. The UCT will specifically relay that the cable can transfer 20, 30 or 50 watts, for example.
Toren adds that MSolutions now offers complete USB transmission solutions for collaboration rooms that provide rock-solid connections, including its MS-4KCam USB camera and MS-6U1C extender set. The latter is an entry-level USB-C solution that offers uncompressed extension of USB data, ideally for USB-C PTZ cameras, hard drives, laptops and other USB-C peripherals. The UCT provides peace of mind for users of these products that add a mix of USB cables from other sources.
More information on the UCT and other MS-104B test modules can be found at https://www.m4sol.com/test-