USB-B to USB-B Cable?

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  1. fishbulb

    fishbulb Active Member

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    Anyone ever seen a USB-B to USB-B Cable for sale? Google only yielded one site in the UK. thanks
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    B male / B male ? Never seen one. If you got an A male / B male cable, you'd just need to convert the A male to a B male. That should require an adapter with A female on one side and B male on the other.
     
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    I don't know about a USB-USB cable, but look into an unpowered hub.
    You can use them to extend the length of a USB cable.
     
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    I was hoping to avoid a lot of extra cabling but it looks like that might be the only option.
     
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    I didn't realize adapters exsited, thanks for the site.
     
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    Because it's there, Jolly, because it's there.
     
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    We have an Epson and HP printer that need to be used on the same computer but cause driver conflicts apparently when connected at the same time. Both manufacturers say the others company's driver causes the crash. Seems plausible since unplugging one makes the other work fine and vice versa.

    I was looking at USB switchboxes like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817107510
    and trying to see if I could reverse the process so that the printers could be switched with the box. Unfortunately none of the sales lines for these companies is much help if they work as a 1-2 switch rather than 2-1. I assume USB is bidirectional in this sense, but I don't know much about USB as I'm sure you'll tell me shortly.
     
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    ugh I hate that. I have a Celestron NexStar 11 XLT telescope... It's a computerized telescope that I can interface with a PC and control it's motorized path. On the base of the scope, it's a RJ-45 jack -- but it utilizes a RJ-45 to DB-9 serial interface. Of course this person is an idiot and grabs a Cat5 network cable and just as he's about to plug it into the switch in my garage I realize what he's doing and yell out STOP!

    I tried explaining to him but he just couldn't grasp the concept that just because it's the same connector, it's not the same system.

    Almost killed my scope! Thankfully, it's still okay.
     
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    That right there is bad design. If it wasn't going to use the protocol associated with the connector, then it shouldn't use the connector. I have the same beef with digital telephone systems.

    The concept is called "affordances" -- i.e., if the plug fits, then it was meant to connect that way. Breaking affordances is a very bad idea.
     
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    RJ-45 was used for other things BEFORE it was used for ethernet.

    So technically networking is the offender.
     

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