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Recommended USB extenders and switchers for Devio

When installing the Devio CR-1 far away from the PC, it may be necessary to use a USB extender for the primary AV USB connection. This article includes a partial list of USB extenders that are known to work well with Devio for this purpose.

All USB extender devices described in this article have been informally tested with Biamp Devio products1. While other USB extender devices may function with Devio, these are the only ones that are currently recommended. If considering USB extender solutions other than those listed below, bear in mind that the device must support isochronous data transfer in order to successfully carry audio over USB.

USB Extenders

USB extenders are useful when the distance between the Devio CR-1 and the PC is further than the standard USB cable length limitation.  Some extenders are compatible with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, but others are only compatible with USB 3.0 ports.

USB 2.0 / 3.0 options

The USB extension options available in this section have been shown in our testing to function successfully when connected to either a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port.

  • Corning USB 3.Optical Cable
    • This cable cannot feed power to USB peripherals. Depending on the USB peripheral's needs, it may be necessary to connect it to a powered hub or wall socket for power.
       
  • Lindy USB 3.0 Active Extension Cable
    • This cable contains a connection point for attaching an optional power supply. This would be intended to power USB peripherals requiring external power, and is not needed to simply connect a host computer to the Devio system.

USB 3.0 only options

The USB extension options available in this section will only function when connected to a USB 3.0 port of a host computer. They are not backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 ports. Please be aware of which USB port type you are utilizing when implementing these solutions.

USB switchers

Multiple computers can be connected to a single Devio CR-1 via a third-party USB switcher device. Keep in mind that only one computer can be the active host computer for Devio at any given time. USB switchers allow users to select which is the active host computer via a button press. This can be particularly useful for scenarios in which there is a permanent in-room computer, but users also want the option of bringing in their own laptops.

Note: Switching from one active computer to another is effectively the same as disconnecting/connecting USB devices to and from these computers. To ensure a seamless user experience, it is recommended not to switch between host computers while actively utilizing Devio's audio or peripherals, such as during a conference call or media playback.

Below is a partial list of USB switchers that are known to work well with Devio for this purpose. All USB switchers described in this article have been informally tested with Biamp Devio products1. While other USB switchers may function with Devio, these are the only ones that are currently recommended. If considering USB switching solutions other than those listed below, bear in mind that the device must support isochronous data transfer in order to successfully carry audio over USB.

USB 2.0 only options

  • Extron SW4 USB
    • Can connect up to 4 host computer devices to a single Devio CR-1
      • The SW2 USB model was not specifically tested, but should also be expected to function with Devio. It can connect up to 2 host computer devices to a single Devio CR-1
    • Host computer selection persists regardless of which devices are connected or disconnected from the switcher
    • Switching can be triggered via contact closure

USB 3.0 only options

  • Plugable USB 3.0 Sharing Switch
    • Can connect up to 2 host computer devices to a single Devio CR-1
    • Automatically selects Input 1 as the active host computer if the computer connected to Input 2 is removed
       

1. Manufacturer specifications can change without notice. Biamp Systems strives to keep this list up to date, but is not always made aware of changes made by third parties to the USB extender devices referenced, and therefore Biamp Systems cannot guarantee compatibility with any of the products listed on this page.

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