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USB 2.0 over fiber extender -- 500m


USB-based devices are notoriously hard to extend. The USB specification limits maximum cable lengths to 5 meters (about 16 feet 5 inches), which leaves many applications searching for an extension solution.

Hi-Speed (USB 2.0) cameras in particular often are left short in collaborative spaces, especially considering huddle rooms, meeting rooms, classrooms and lecture spaces are increasingly integrating cameras for recording and remote conferencing.

TechLogix tackled the issue with the TL-FO-USB2-01, which transmits Hi-Speed, Full Speed and Low Speed USB signals up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) using duplex fiber optic cabling.

The TL-FO-USB2-01 features a built-in four port hub and supplies 500mA power to connected devices, and is compatible with all USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. devices.

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    • Extends USB up to 500m (1,640 feet) over fiber optic cabling
    • Compatible with USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) and USB 1.1 (Low Speed and Full Speed) devices
    • Not compatible with USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) and USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed+) devices
    • Supports USB speeds up to 480 Mbps
    • Includes both a transmitter (host) and receiver (client)
    • Receiver features built-in four port hub
    • Receiver provides 500mA power/charging to connected devices
    • System powered on the receive end – no power required at the transmitter
    • Requires duplex fiber (two strands)
    • Duplex LC fiber connectors on both the transmitter and receiver
    • Plug-and-play, no drivers required
    • FCC Class B certified
    • Durable metal housing
    • Compatible with all major computer operating system
  • Specification Sheet

  • Single Mode Fiber Optic Transceiver - 20km
    The TL-FO-USB2-01 includes multi mode fiber optic transceivers with a distance limitation of 500m.  Using [2] of the TL-1GSFP-SM20K transceivers will increase the distance to 20km using duplex single mode fiber,

    1. Run a duplex fiber optic patch cord with LC connectors between your source device and destination device.
    2. Plug the TL-FO-USB2-01 transmitter (included in the package) directly to the USB output port of your host device.
    3. Plug the TL-FO-USB2-01 receiver (included in the package) directly to the USB input port of your client device. Optionally connect up to three other USB devices.
    4. Connect the fiber optic patch cord with LC connectors to the input ports on the TL-FO-USB2-01 transmitter and receiver.
    5. Connect the power supply (included in the package) to the POWER port on the TL-FO-USB2-01 receiver.
    6. Connect the power supply to an AC outlet or power source.
  • What comes in the package?
    Each TL-FO-USB2-01 includes a transmitter, a receiver, two SFP fiber modules, one 2 meter USB cable, one power supply, and a manual.

    What’s the max length of USB cable that I can connect to the extender?
    For best results, the TL-FO-USB2-01 requires a cable that meets the USB specification (less than 5m/16 ft.). Placing a booster or junction hub inline could compromise the signal integrity.

    Do I need to power the unit?
    Yes, the TL-FO-USB2-01 requires power on the receiver end and ships with a power supply.

    What version of USB is compatible with the system?
    The TL-FO-USB2-01 is compatible with USB 1.1 (both Low Speed and Full Speed) and USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed).

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