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How to Extend a USB Cable Using a Coax

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

You can extend the distance of a conventional USB cable by connecting it to a coaxial cable. A coax USB adapter will allow the coax and USB cables to connect to each other without either having to be modified. Once you convert one USB cable to the coax, convert the other end of the coax back to USB, and you'll have one extended USB cable. The coax USB adapter is available from electronics stores and requires no setup.

Step 1

Insert one end of the USB cable into a USB port on the desktop computer. Insert the other end of the USB cable into the USB port on the coax USB adapter.

Step 2

Screw one end of the coaxial cable into the coax connector on the coax USB adapter.

Step 3

Screw the free end of the coaxial cable into the coax connector on the second coax USB adapter.

Insert one end of the second USB cable into the USB port on the coax USB adapter.

Items you will need

  • 2 coax USB adapters
  • 2 USB cables, 6 feet

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About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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