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How to extend USB over Ethernet cable

Last updated Jun 30, 2021

USB over Ethernet cable offers a viable method of establishing an Ethernet connection when you have no open Ethernet ports available. With the assistance of a USB to Ethernet adapter, you can use an open USB port to provide Ethernet connectivity. Just connect an Ethernet cable to the adapter plugged into your computer and then attach it to a modem, router, or network hub.


The standard USB cables commonly used for secure and fast data transfers are typically short. The reason for keeping the USB cable short is that the connection becomes less effective as the distance between devices increases. The range for effective communication can be increased with additional hardware. You can extend USB over Ethernet cables, network converters, and extension cables to allow more distant connectivity to USB devices. This guide will show how to use a USB to Ethernet cable to enhance the utility of your USB peripherals.

How to guide

  1. Disconnect the standard USB cable from your computer. We will refer to this as the "A" connector and the other end as the "B" connector since its shape resembles the letter "B".

  2. Connect the male connector in the USB cable to the extension cable’s female receptor.

  3. Connect the extension cable to the device furthest from your computer and complete the connection by attaching the other end of the cable to a free USB port on your machine.

  4. USB extension cables can extend the distance of reliable USB connectivity to 9.8 feet (3 m) or less. Based on how you plan to use the cable, they are available with either single or multiple USB ports.


Requirements: Windows 7/8/10, Server 2008 R2/2012/2016/2019
Size: 7.72MB
Version: 5.0.13796 ()
User rating: (4.8 based on 78+ users)