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Darlington784

Usb type-c extender over ethernet

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi.
If I connect 2 Ethernet to USB type-c with an Ethernet cable, can I use them as a USB extender?
I would like to do the same thing that Linus did in his rig with an optical Thunderbolt cable but in a more cheap way.

Thanks

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11 hours ago, Darlington784 said:

Hi.
If I connect 2 Ethernet to USB type-c with an Ethernet cable, can I use them as a USB extender?
I would like to do the same thing that Linus did in his rig with an optical Thunderbolt cable but in a more cheap way.

Thanks

It won't work.

 

Your computer will see the USB to ethernet adapter as a network device, so using it as a USB extender simply won't work.  Incompatible protocols (among other reasons)  Additionally, display signals will not be sent over USB.  Finally, USB has limits on cable length, with USB 2.0 over type-C maxing at 4 m.

 

Optical thunderbolt was used by Linus because it will actually support the peripherals and display signals over those distances, unlike standard USB.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 12/18/2019 at 2:12 AM, RAS_3885 said:

It won't work.

 

Your computer will see the USB to ethernet adapter as a network device, so using it as a USB extender simply won't work.  Incompatible protocols (among other reasons)  Additionally, display signals will not be sent over USB.  Finally, USB has limits on cable length, with USB 2.0 over type-C maxing at 4 m.

 

Optical thunderbolt was used by Linus because it will actually support the peripherals and display signals over those distances, unlike standard USB.

Thank you

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