Plugable USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable (5m/16′)
$19.95 USDSKU: USB2-5M
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- 5 Meter (16 Foor) USB 2.0 Extension—Extend your computing power with our 5m (16ft) USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable
- Reliable USB 2.0 Transfer Speeds—Cable provides reliable USB 2.0 transfer speeds with standard USB Type-A male to Type-A female connector
- Premium Quality—Cable contains an active repeater and premium shielding help ensure efficient data transfer and reduce potential interference
- Wide Compatibility—Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation, Xbox. Connect remote USB printers, scanners, keyboard and mouse, etc.
- 2 Year Warranty—We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. This product is covered by a 24 month limited warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
Plugable USB 2.0 5M (16ft) Extension Cable
The Plugable USB 2.0 Extension Cable (USB2-5M) is a premium USB 2.0 extension cable that measures 5 meters (16 feet) in length. USB 2.0 technology has been around since April 2000, and continues to support all USB 2.0 devices (and even some USB 3.0 devices! While newer USB standards like USB 3.0 and USB-C are growing in popularity, USB 2.0 is still a solid technology that will help you get the job done and save a few dollars in the process.
Extend your reach
Plugable USB 2.0 extension cables are a great solution for many different needs. Here are some favorites from our users:
- Extend the reach of USB printers and scanners around the home, or office
- Connect a WiFi or Bluetooth dongle to extend range and avoid 2.4GHz wireless interference issues
- Connect several USB devices over a long distance by adding a Plugable USB hub
- USB 2.0 pairs well with low energy USB devices like mice, keyboards, and wireless dongles
The Plugable USB2-5M premium quality shielded USB 2.0 cable provides USB 2.0 performance (up to 60MB/sec) and power (up to 450mA) up to 5m (16ft) away. Our USB 2.0 extension cables have built-in signal repeaters to make sure you always have a quality USB signal at any distance.
In The Box
|Item and Quantity
|1x Plugable USB 2.0 5M (16ft) Extension Cable
|Port Type (Side 1)
|Port Type (Side 2)
|External Power for Cable
|1x Male USB-A
|USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
|1x Female USB-A
USB To Devices
|Version and Link Rate
|2x USB-B (2.0)
|USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
Connection To Host
|Version and Link Rate
|USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
|Size (H x W x D) or Length
|SKU or Part Number
|5 Meter USB2 Cable
- Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. No special drivers required on any operating system
- Most gaming setups including: Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox. (Not recognized by Xbox Kinect v2 for Xbox One in our testing.)
- Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 devices.
- Most USB 3.0 devices, and can be used in USB 3.0 ports. (Performance will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds.)
Not Compatible With:
- Augmented, Mixed, or Virtual Reality headsets/equipment. (Please see our USB3-10M-D instead.)
- Not recognized by some home theater appliances such as TVs, audio receivers, Blu-ray players, etc.
- Not designed as a USB charger for devices like smartphones or tablets.
- Not recommended for professional A/V equipment like cameras or digital audio workstations.
Plugable USB Extension Cable Comparison Chart:
This comparison chart looks at Plugable's line of USB Extension Cables across important categories to help you choose the one for your needs.
- Connect the USB-A plug into your host system
- Connect the USB-A socket at the other end of the extension cord to whatever USB device you wish to connect
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USB Port Types
This is the standard USB connection that most computers offered prior to the introduction of USB Type-C (USB-C). Even after the introduction of USB Type-C, this is still quite common.
It can provide data transfer rates up to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 gbps) specification depending on the host and device, but does not directly support video in the way that USB-C Alternate Mode does. This limitation makes DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and docking stations ideal on systems that do not have USB-C, or in instances where more displays are needed beyond available video outputs of a PC.
This type of connection comes in a couple different styles depending on whether USB 3.0 and higher transfer rates are supported (bottom graphic). Usually this type of connection is used to plug into USB devices that do not have a fixed cable connected, such as USB docking stations, USB hubs, printers, and others.
One of the first connectors for charging a smartphone, wireless game controller (such as the Sixaxis and DualShock 3), and other small devices such as external hard drives. Not commonly used today, but is still used in some cases. Most devices using USB Mini B are using USB 2.0, though a USB 3.0 variant does exist. This specification also added USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality, though it is more commonly implemented with Micro USB.
A smaller connector that serves many of the same uses as the Mini B connector, with added optional features such as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to allow devices like smartphones to output video to larger displays without requiring a dedicated port for video output.
The larger variant of USB-B is most commonly used for external hard drives for higher 5Gbps transfer rates.
USB-C, Thunderbolt™ 3, and Thunderbolt™ 4
The most recent USB connection, USB Type-C (USB-C), represents a major change in what USB can do. The connector is smaller, can be connected in two orientations, is able to carry substantially more power and data, and can directly carry video signals of multiple types (HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.) Intel has also adapted the USB-C connector for use with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4.
It is important to note that while all Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 connections are USB-C, not all USB-C connections can be used with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 devices.
More details regarding physical USB connections can be found on Wikipedia . The graphics depicted here are adapted from Wikimedia Commons by various artists under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Do Plugable products support the Apple SuperDrive?
Unfortunately Plugable products do not support the Apple SuperDrive.
The Apple SuperDrive has stringent power requirements that can only be met by directly connecting the SuperDrive to your host laptop. As a result at this time Apple recommends only using their USB-C adapter cables. You can find more information on that here -→ How to connect the Apple USB SuperDrive
If you have purchased a Plugable product to use with your Apple SuperDrive, and would like some additional assistance please do not hesitate to reach out. You can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to Plugable.com/Support.