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USB Extension cable not working with Hawking HWU54D wireless adapter

I swear this used to work and does not now.  I have a 15ft cable between the adapter and my laptop so I can reach it to the window. When I plugged into a USB port it would sometimes fail to recognize the adapter.  Unplugging it and plugging it in again would usu. fix the problem.  Thinking it might be a bad cable, I have just bought a Cable Unlimited USB 2.0 Active Extension cable. Now if I plug the adater directly into the port it works fine and the WLAN kicks off ok.  If I plug the extension cable in betwen the adapter and the computer I get "New Device Detected" and it thinks the device is a USB2.0 Hub, and it can't find a driver for it.  The lights on the adapter light up, so a connection is indeed there.  Is there any way to tell Windows that this is NOT a USB2.0 Hub and is really my Hawking HWU54D adapter and it should use that driver?  Thanks guys.

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  • fubie1 Apr 04, 2008

    Thanks for the help! I did not make a new cable, but you may find this interesting. I took the laptop to a computer store and bought the same brand of 15 ft cable ($18) which had previously worked before mine went bad, took it out to the car tried it and it didn't work. I returned it and bought the expensive cable ($42), tried it, and it didn't work either. I returned it and bought a cheaper 9 ft cable and it worked! There is only one USB device in the port. So either something has happened and the computer is not outputting enough current to drive 15 ft any longer, (doubtful), they don't make cables the way they used to and the impedance is higher, (possible) or the USB connector on the computer has some slight corrosion on it. I'm thinking this is likely. I'm living with the 9 ft cable but at some point will try to clean the tiny prongs. I tried the spray cleaner to no avail. Again, thanks for the great help!

  • Anonymous May 05, 2008

    I am having the same problem with a 5m. USB extension cable. I found out, that the cable does work on a USB 1 port and not on a USB 2 port. (more power on USB 1 ?) The computer where I want to use it has only USB 2 ports. Can I degrade the USB 2 port to USB 1. Thanks.


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HI
1..... THE 15FT CABLE WILL WORK PERFECTLY SO LONG US U DONT OVERLOAD THE USB PORT - THIS IS SOME ELECTRONIC EXPLANTION, THE USB PORT HAS VERY LIMITED CURRENT AND 5VOLTS ONLY, ANY LENGTHY CABLE SPECIALY LOW QUALITY OR WEAR AND TEAR ON THE CABLE WILL LEAD TO SUCH RESULTS.
2.....OVERLOAD ON USB PORT CAN BE IN TWO WAYS, AS ABOVE OR TOO MANY ITEMS COONECTED TO A USB PORT ..ESPECIALLY WITH ATTACHED USB CABLE EXTENSION CABLES. REMOVE OTHER DEVICES USING USB PORT AND ONLY USE YOUR HAWKING.

THE SECOND PART OF YOUR QUESTION IS ABOUT MERGING THE ACTIVE USB XTENSION CABLE AND THE PASSIVE ONE- IT SHOULD WORK FINE HOWEVER FOR YOUR CASE THE OLD CABLE IS THE CULPRIT. "Technical explanation..the old cable due to its wear and tear is impacting the total Line Impedance "resistance" to levels too high such that the active extension cable might detect the old cable alone as a devise attached without even pluging in your usb device -Hawking.:: consequentially windows will show all sorts of jurgon messages
not limited to "usb 2.0 hub" only... "un recognised device" etc.


Sorry Get Rid of the old 15ft cable.

Otherwisely make your own cables .Heres How .

1. get Computer networking cable FTP CAT 5e or stranded FTP CAT 5e.
2.. cut next to the Usb adapters end and replace the entire length of the cable with this FTP cable. . You have to solder or join manually according to color codes at the tail and head.

3. Sorry more clearer explanation ::. FTP cable has 4 pairs of twisted wires namely brown,orange,green and blue.
4. usb has 4 wires (after cutting and stripping slightly)
5. for each wire in the usb end connect to 1 pair at the ftp then do the same at the other end of the ftp.

6. this homemade cable will work upto 20 meter appx. 60ft

7. try and let me know klabatt*yahoo.com

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