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Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

When it comes to cable extensions, there's quite a few different manufacturers out there. But not all of them are capable of manufacturing high quality, cost efficient and reliable solutions for professional USB connectivity issues.

Icron Technologies has been providing USB cable extension solutions for quite a while now, providing reliability of the highest order with next to no losses in efficiency, making their cables a recommended choice for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications throughout the globe.

Let us simply compare two of their products, the USB 3.0 Spectra™ 3001-15 and the Spectra™ 3022.

Spectra™ 3001-15

It's a single port, 15 meter USB extension cable which capable of transmitting power of up to 900mA without the need of any additional power supply.

A common problem which consumers usually face when dealing with USB extension cables is the loss of power as cables are made relatively longer. Well, the Spectra™ 3001-15 comes with a secondary cable, capable of being connected to another port for any additional power which may be required for proper functioning of a USB device.

This doesn't only make sure that your current devices perform at their very best but also makes it possible to connect actual hardware, such as a portable hard drive which requires more power than simpler USB devices.

In terms of speed, there's virtually no loss of bandwidth while using Icar's extension cables. These cables are able to provide you with transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, taking away any possibility of your cables becoming a bottleneck for your accessories.

There's no need to worry about a brand new USB 3.0 accessory not being able to function at its peak capabilities, the Spectra™ 3001-15 extension cable is sure to provide the best possible infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

Spectra™ 3022

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Video Conferencing & Carbon Emissions

Video Conferencing & Carbon Emissions

Today we wanted to acknowledge a really cool web app that helps organizations determine their carbon footprint and the amount of carbon they can offset with video conferencing. CRS teamed up with USB Pros to show off just exactly how easy it is to calculate an organizations carbon footprint. This website,www.PledgeVideo.Org,provides great information on calculating the carbon emissions reduction you can expect from video conferencing. Without going to far into this blog post the below quotation is from PledgeVideo.Org

"We make calculating your CO2 reduction from video conferencing super easy! Join the club and hold your companies commitment to the environment in the light!"

CalculateCarbon
Step 1: Calculate Carbon Footprint
Calculate your Cabon Usage
 

Let's first calculate your organizations estimated Carbon Footprint.

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Step 2: Measure Your Offset
How much can we reduce?
 

Then we calculate your carbon offset through reduced business travel and productivity. Feel free to add other source of reductions in (Tons of CO2)

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Step 3: Calculate Carbon Neutrality
Take a step toward Carbon Neutrality
 

Carbon Neutrality is the amount % of carbon you offset versus what you consume. This shows the overall health of an organization and their environmental impact.

 

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Managing USB 3.0 Power Settings in Windows Machines

Managing USB 3.0 Power Settings in Windows Machines

 

Managing USB 3.0 Power Settings in Windows Machines

Procedure

1.     Global Suspend - Global suspend is only an option in Windows Vista and newer.  In older Windows OS, you can skip to step 2, below.

a.     Go to “Control Panel” -> “Power Options.”

b.     Go to “Change plan settings” on the power plan in use.

c.     Set “Put the computer to sleep” to “Never.”

d.     Go to “Change advanced power settings.”

e.     Set “Advanced settings” -> “USB settings” -> “USB selective suspend setting” to “Disabled”

f.      Click “OK” to apply settings and close.

2.     Individual USB Hubs and Extension Devices:

a.     This setting must be applied in addition to the “Global Suspend”.  All hubs and extension Tx and Rx devices must have their individual power management disabled.  This must be done with devices connected to the host. On Windows XP and earlier, this is the only setting to be applied, as Global Suspend (1. Above) is not an option.

b.     Open device manager.

c.     In the menu, select “View” -> “Devices by connection.”

d.     Select the topmost element in the list (the name of your host) and type the ‘*’ key to fully expand the entire list.

e.     Locate your USB 3.0 eXtensible host controller in the list.

f.      Identify the hubs, local extender and remote extender units may show up as hubs (they will be two hubs connected together).

                                               i.     Connecting a device to the extension or hub can help remove ambiguity. 

g.     Right click on each “hub” and select “Properties.”

h.     Select the “Power management” tab and deselect the box labelled “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” and click “OK.”

                                               i.     If the “Power Management” tab does not exist, the device will not be suspended and should work fine.

i.      Repeat step 2.g and 2.h for any hubs, local extender or remote extender units attached to the computer.

 

j.      Connect the same systems to any other 3.0 ports and repeat the above steps 2.g through 2.i, if there is a possibility that you will use other USB 3.0 ports on the PC.

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Video Conferencing Bandwidth Management

Video Conferencing Bandwidth Management

Hello USB Pros! This issue is in regards to the all mighty bandwidth giant. So many networks are set up to work properly, the end users have the proper software and they are even following the proper procedure... yet the experience is poor. Often times this issue has to do with the bandwidth your client PC has access to rather than the actual hardware. But how can a IT manager check the available bandwidth at any given computer when the pipelines requested are coming from different servers around the world? USB Pros and Conference Room Systems have teamed up to provide a new software that will test your the bandwidth available on a given computer against our Godaddy Servers in Phoenix, AZ. Depending on where you are on the world there is a good chance this will be a great a comparison to what you can expect from a video conferencing server like GoToMeeting or WebEX. 

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