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how do I understand if a device uses USB 1.1 or 2.0?

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Fact 1: my PC has Vista and USB 2.0.
Fact 2: max cable lenght for USB 1.1 is 3m while  max cable lenght for USB 2.0 is 5m (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usb).

I want to buy the longest USB cable for a USB device and therefore I need to know if my devices use USB 1.1 or 2.0.  Is there a software tool that detects if it uses 1.1 or 2.0?

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easiest way would be to google the device name and find the product documentation and see if it say usb 2.0 if it doesn't specify 2.0 then it is probably not.

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defkamel: easy but not 100% trustworthy.

Any alternative?
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To determine whether you're using USB 1.x or 2.0, check this webpage:

http://www.usbman.com/Guides/checking_for_usb_2.htm

This page has some more info on the differences:

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000602.htm
How do I determine what version of USB I'm using?

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LeeTutor, those pages don't help because they only explain how to identify if PC has USB 2.0 hardware.

I need to know if my device is using 2.0 or 1.1.
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i think defkamel gave you the answer.
i don't see why the documentation is not trustworthy

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nobus, because it doesn't specify it.  Try for example for "Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0".  Can you exclude that is 2.0?

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Ok, let's say that I find "Requirements: USB 1.1".
How do I understand if, in case it finds 2.0 hw, it uses 1.1 or 2.0?
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ok - i see what you mean
if it says 1.1 is required, it means that you must at least have that, and if it is usb2 capable ; it will use that
for your cable, you can use an active cable , to get farther :  http://www.maplin.co.uk/searchtemplate.asp?criteria=USB%20EXTENSION%20CABLE%2010M

or an optical one :  http://industrialcomponent.com/opticis/opm210010.html
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maybe this helps :  http://safelyremove.com/?pid=1

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nobus, interesting program but I read this guide page http://safelyremove.com/fullFeaturesList.htm?main_p and there's no screenshot nor text that make me think that it tells what version of USB the device uses
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i have asked the author if it does list if the device is usb1 or 2

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Thanks nobus. Please update me if it answers positively..
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Wow, thanks nobus for the good news!

I propose to close this question splitting the points to my "no solution" and your last message, for future reference.

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I will wait for the update of the "USB Safely Remove" program and will see if it has the feature
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i'll leave this q in my inbox, and when i receive an update from the maker - i'll post here
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todays answer :  We will consider this feature to add in new versions. Probably not into the quick menu but into a hint for a device or into a Technical Information tab of device properties.

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Thanks nobus. I hope that he will pass from "considering" to "doing"  :)

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