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Keeping your Distance
LINDY launches Cat5 USB Extender

Stockton-on-Tees, UK (30th November 2006) – LINDY Electronics announced today the launch of its Cat5 USB Extender that enables the user to retain the plug and play practicality of USB up to 50m from their computer using Cat5 or higher cable, enabling remote connection of any USB device.

The device comprises two parts, a local unit that connects to a USB port on the host computer and a remote unit to which the USB device is connected. The units enable standard low cost Cat5/5e/6 cable to be used to connect them together to extend the USB port by up to 50m at speeds of up to 12Mbps. At lengths of up to 40m, a USB hub can be connected to provide extension for multiple devices.

“USB is a very useful, easy to use connectivity standard,” comments Stephen Fawcett, Senior Product Manager of LINDY Electronics. “But with remote video cameras for example, or other USB devices that are often required to be used at length from the host computer, connection can be problematic. The LINDY Cat5 USB Extender maintains the advantages of using USB, whilst overcoming the limitation on distance from the computer.”

The Cat5 USB extender is very easy to use. Simply plug the local unit into the computer, the remote unit into the device or hub, plug the Cat5 cable into both units and it is ready to use with a web cam, security device, printer or any USB device that needs to be located remotely. The Extender is bus powered, but an optional power unit is available for use with high load USB devices.

Main features include:

• Extends a USB port by up to 50m using Cat5/5e/6 cable
• Powered by the USB bus, an optional power supply is available for use with high current USB devices
• At lengths of up to 40m, can be used in conjunction with a USB hub to extend multiple devices
• Connectors: Local unit - Type A USB Male & RJ-45 Female; Remote unit - Type A USB Female & RJ-45 Female
• Compatible with all USB equipped computers including PCs and Macs

Notes to editors:

The LINDY Cat5 USB Extender (part no 42805) is available now from and, RRP £49.99 Photo available here:


About LINDY Electronics

For over seventy years LINDY has been providing leading-edge technology products from petrol lamps in the 1930s, to the very latest innovative designs in computer connectivity today. With offices throughout Europe, the US and Australia, LINDY is renowned for the high quality of its goods, obtained by keeping a strict control over all design and manufacture stages, and excellent levels of customer service.

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Sara Claridge
Marylebone Media Relations
Tel: +44 7968 626838 (mobile)

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