Extending a USB2/USB3 signal successfully


Often when building an installation or a show, it would make everything much simpler if you could extend the USB2 / USB3 signal of your sensor to lengths far exceeding the original cabling. While we can’t really endorse a particular brand or vendor with cables (for a slight deviation to this practise see below), we can provide you with some general hints about what to expect when using depth sensors with cable extenders:

  • Keep the cabling as short as possible (duh)
  • If your sensor is compatible, try both the OpenNI1 and OpenNI2 versions of the software (Z Vector)
  • Unpowered USB2/USB3 extension cables are going to give you a maximum of 10-15 meters of coverage
  • Powered (with an external power source at the receiving end) USB2/USB3 extension cables can give you 15 meters (verified) or up to 20 meters of coverage
  • Our users have reported USB2/USB3 Ethernet and fibre extenders to work on occasion, giving you a theoretical maximum of 100 meters of coverage.
  • Still having problems? Try enabling USB3 compatibility mode in NI mate / Z Vector

Disclaimer: Delicode will in no way guarantee that cables from this particular brand will work for your case, but if they’re available to you, Deltaco Prime branded active USB extension cables (such as the USB3-1008 model) have worked for us on almost all PC + sensor combinations (the cables are backwards compatible with USB2).

Are you a user with good or bad experiences with extending your sensor’s range? Please reply to this post.