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I just bought a new USB port hub "MSY USB 2.0 4-port hub". It has two inputs:

  1. A small USB entrance
  2. input for external power (?)

The problem is that the cable that comes with the hub (small USB on one end, large USB on the other - to input into my computer), is too short for my needs.

Is there a solution to this? Buying a longer cable might be risky; I know that it might cause problems with power.

Is there anything else I can do to make it work?


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You should be fine with a USB extension cable as long as you remain within the limits of the specification, which if I remember rightly states devices should be no more then 5m (cable length) apart. So if your existing cable is 1m long, you could add a 2m extension and still be well within spec.

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The cable attached is 50cm long (which is really really short). A length of 2 meters would be fine for me. I'll try to buy that one, and update later. Thanks for the answer. – Anna Mar 14 '10 at 16:17
You could also get an extension, but probably worth getting a whole new cable – Xetius Mar 15 '10 at 18:50
Eventually, I bought a whole new cable, 2m long. It works excellent, and I'm really happy with it :). Thanks again for the answer. Best. – Anna Mar 19 '10 at 8:10
@Anna: David's correct, but I'd recommend getting a longer cable over an extension. Any extra connector is an additional failure point, so one long cable is less likely to fail than two shorter cables. – quack quixote Mar 20 '10 at 17:47

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