Intelix releases USB-over-Cat 5 extender

Feb. 9, 2007
February 9, 2007 -- The DIGI-USB-F balun kit extends a USB signal up to 330 feet over standard structured pair cabling, such as Cat 5 or Cat 6.

February 9, 2007 -- Intelix LLC, a manufacturer of audio/video equipment and software, recently announced the release of its DIGI-USB-F balun kit, which extends a USB signal up to 330 feet over standard structured pair cabling, such as Cat 5 or Cat 6.

"We are extremely excited to introduce the DIGI-USB-F USB extender," says Cameron Smith, sales and marketing manager for Intelix . "The first product in our new DigiCat Series of high-performance baluns, the DIGI-USB-F is perfect for sending USB signals more than 16 feet - the current maximum length of USB cables."

According to the company, prior to the DIGI-USB-F, remote USB devices such as cameras, printers, scanners, keyboards, and mice were limited to only 16 feet via direct USB cables, or required expensive secondary network equipment. Using the DIGI-USB-F, remote devices may be connected up to 330 feet via common Cat 5 cabling at standard speed USB (1.5 Mbit/sec) and up to 100 feet at full speed USB (12 Mbit/sec).

The DIGI-USB-F includes a send balun featuring a type B USB connector, a receive balun featuring a type A USB connector, and a five foot USB cable. No external power supplies are required, as the system is powered through the USB connection to the source and destination devices.

To use, simply connect the DIGI-USB-F send balun to a source device, connect standard unshielded twisted pair cabling such as Cat 5 or Cat 5e, and connect the DIGI-USB-F receive balun to the destination device.

Retail price for the DIGI-USB-F is $190.95. The device is now shipping.

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