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I am using binatone usb headset for windows 7
I extend range with usb extension cable
I am not sure if my computer is usb2 or usb3
I am not sure if usb extension cable is usb2 or usb3
I am not sure if microphone, headset to usb is usb2 or usb3

Will I have issues if I get a longer usb extension cable
Will I have issues with usb2 vs usb3
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Question by:rgb192
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by:John-Charles-Herzberg
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You should have no issues if you use this on.

Belkin USB Extension Cable (10-Feet)
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-USB-Extension-Cable-10-Feet/dp/B00001ZWXA

PTC - 20 Meters (64 Feet) USB 2.0 Active Extension / Repeater Cable A Male to A Female - Supports High Speed USB2.0 480 Mbps

http://www.amazon.com/PTC-Meters-Extension-Repeater-Supports/dp/B0040IASMS/ref=pd_sim_pc_13?ie=UTF8&refRID=0RZ85V1HMKQTHXQKAMZQ
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by:Bryant Schaper
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I have used long cables may times, I don't think USB2/3 will matter much, more of a transmission rate, which should not be a problem.  USB 2/3 are both ideal to 5 meters,
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by:rindi
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PC's that have USB 3 ports also have USB 2 ports (or at least I haven't heard of any PC that only has USB 3 ports). USB 3 ports can be identified by their blue color.

A headseat doesn't need high speeds, so it will work fine on USB 2, or even on USB 1 ports. I doubt very much they would be specced specifically for USB 3, as that would be a waste, since USB 3 ports on PC's are usually more limited than the USB 2 counterparts, and there are still many PC's around that don't have USB 3. Just get a normal USB 2 extension, and don't use the USB 3 port of the PC for it, use that for a fast disk or USB stick.
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by:nobus
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i would buy a cable with an active repeater; they go up to 50 feet :  http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-FT-Hi-Speed-480Mbp-USB-2-0-Extension-Cable-with-Active-Repeater-U2A1-A2-50-/271033783064

usb 3 connectors on laptop are marked blue
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by:rgb192
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usb 3 connectors on laptop are marked blue
I have acer aspire 7740.
i can not find blue
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by:rgb192
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because my computer has no usb3, there is no need to buy usb3 cable?  Or will the usb3 cable be quicker better for usb2
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by:rindi
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It doesn't make any difference.
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by:rgb192
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specific answer for me
Other answers were better for other people

thanks.
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