July 20, 2007 -- Cables To Go has introduced its patent-pending USB SuperBooster Wall Plate. The product allows USB signals to be run over standard Cat5/Cat5E/Cat6 patch cords, enabling USB devices to function with host computers up to 150 ft. away, a distance dramatically exceeding the distance capabilities of other USB wall plate solutions that only function up to 15 ft., according to the company.
The company contends that the SuperBooster makes placing USB projectors, interactive whiteboards, cameras, printers, web cams and other USB devices in separate rooms or closets possible. This enables expensive equipment pieces to remain in secure locations and provides the ability to have peripheral access in remote locations.
According to the company, compared to other extension methods, such as connecting several active extenders together, the SuperBooster is able to support longer distances, provides more reliability, and eliminates concerns about cutting through other RF signals throughout the room. This setup also eliminates unsightly cables and provides the clean, finished installation essential for homes, classrooms, offices and anywhere room decor is important.
The plug-and-play device consists of a transmitter unit with USB Type B Female input and RJ45 Female output connectors, and a receiver unit with RJ45 Female input and USB Type A Female output connectors. Both are incorporated into single-gang wall plates. The transmitter/receiver pair is connected via standard Cat5/Cat5E/Cat6 patch cords (not included) which are readily available, highly familiar and inexpensive.
A user can choose pre-terminated network cables or pull un-terminated cable and use tool- less IDC RJ45 connectors that are included with the device. No external power source is required, the system is powered completely by the computer's USB port. Other than cables, no other parts are required, making it the first self-supporting wall plate extender device on the market.
The USB Superbooster Wall Plates fit standard J-boxes and is compatible with Levitron Decora brand plate covers. The device is also compliant with USB Specification 1.1, and compatible with any computer that supports USB.