USB Extension won't work with Security Camera

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras, Webcams and Scanners' started by multi-tasker-X, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. multi-tasker-X

    multi-tasker-X Member

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    Hello,

    I have a security camera hooked up to my computer and the cord is 3 metres

    I moved my computer to the other side of the room and now it barely reaches. So i need a usb extension

    I found 3 usb 2.0 extensions, in my drawer but none of them work. I'm not sure why it won't work. I tested it with a mouse and the extension works fine. So the problem is not the extension.

    Why will it work with other devices but not my security, is there a limit for the distance?



    Here is my camera. i'm not sure if it is 2.0 or 3.0

    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01FJR3XXY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    cam.jpg



    and here is the extension i have, it says usb 2.0 on the cable itself, i got it 6 years ago, its about 6 feet
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    I'm not sure why my extension won't work
     
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  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Still could be a bad cable. Try a different one. Also, it's possible that maybe there is a too much of a power drop and the camera won't work.
     
  3. multi-tasker-X

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    I've tires 3 of the same kind and won't work.

    I also tried a usb cable that is half a foot and it works. I think usb cameras cant have longer signals than 3 metres

    I also think its a power problem. Do they sell usb extension cables that push the signal?
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    You may want to try a powered USB hub if the distance is a problem.
     
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  5. multi-tasker-X

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    do you have a link to a powered usb hub, i looked online but i'm not sure what exactly i am looking for
     
  6. johnb35

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  7. multi-tasker-X

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    i have one if those already but the cord is not long enough. Its not even 1 foot, its super short, not meant for far
     
  8. johnb35

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    So you've got the powered usb hub plugged into the computer and then the usb cable from the camera plugged into the powered hub?
     
  9. multi-tasker-X

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    yes, but thats not long enough. I need at least 3 to 5 more feet
     
  10. johnb35

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    I don't understand. If you are able to plug the camera usb cable into the pc then you should be able to plug it into the powered hub. Right?
     
  11. multi-tasker-X

    multi-tasker-X Member

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    I need a usb extension so i can plug in my camera, because currently it won't reach


    extension.png
    here is a picture
     
  12. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    What John is describing is placing the powered hub where the black and red lines intersect
     
  13. multi-tasker-X

    multi-tasker-X Member

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    already tried that, but still doesn't work
     
  14. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Shrug man. Get a wifi camera. Or a raspberry pi to facilitate a USB camera that can be accessed via ethernet.

    What specific one? If it doesn't have a dedicated power brick then it isn't a powered hub.
     
  15. killershark1978

    killershark1978 Member

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    could try using a usb extension with duel ferrite choke's.
     
  16. multi-tasker-X

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    Mine is this one
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    what do you mean power brick,



    what does that mean
     
  17. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    That's not a powered hub.
     
  18. multi-tasker-X

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    i found something that works

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    i have a couple of these that came with some wifi usb sticks,
    i plugged it in as an extension and it works! it's about 2 feet long

    i have another one in a box somewhere, im going to find it and plug that one as well, to see if it works
    although one is enough

    it must of been those other usb extensions, they must been cheap ones or something

    anyways, everything seems to be working! now that cords are not in the way,

    finally!
     
  19. C4C

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    My head hurts, but I'm glad you were able to find cords that worked.

    You were experiencing a lack of power... The more cords, the more energy is needed to transfer the signal..

    Whole thing is only as strong as the weakest link! :D
     
  20. timmyleandro

    timmyleandro New Member

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    I'm in need, thank you
     

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