updated 09:25 pm EST, Tue January 13, 2009
USB over Cat 5 extenders
Tripp Lite has released its latest connectivity products, The U224-1R4-R and U224-4R4-R extender hubs that send USB signals over Cat 5 cable. The 1R4 model offers three USB 2.0 ports to connect local peripherals, along with a single-port receiver for connecting an additional remote device. The 4R4 variant allows connection of up to four remote devices to a computer. Users plug the transmitter into the USB port of a computer, then run Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable to the hub at the destination, without the need to install drivers or software.
The company claims that both models are capable of connecting peripheral devices up to 150 feet away from the computer, while an AC adapter provides power supply to the remote side of the configuration.
Prices and availability have not yet been announced.