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USB Active Extension Cable vs USB extension cable (what's the difference)

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What's the difference between the 2 above - ( as in a normal usb extension cable and one of these Active ones )
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The specification for USB states that the maximum length of a USB cable is 5 meters (16 feet). As a result, you cannot extend the distance of your USB device more than 16 feet without using a USB "active" extension cable (also known as a USB repeater cable). This cable contains active electronics which boost the USB signal for maximum reliability and performance over extended distances.
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