USB 2.0 has a 5 meter/~16 feet length limit. When the host computer is further way, a network extender is required. ProCustom Group’s rugged rack monitors have the option for fiber or copper Ethernet connectivity. The rugged rack monitors have an integrated kvm extender over fiber.
Copper Ethernet (RJ45 cable) can have 100 meters / 328 feet of distance between the transmitter and the receiver side. This is a cost effective option when the terminal is another room, outside a shelter, or located a large vehicle. A standard CAT5E cable can under $200 (2021) and simple to replace if damaged. ProCustom Group also makes custom Ethernet cables with circular D38999 connectors if a tougher, rugged application is required.
The fiber option can allow for terminal connections beyond the horizon (Earth). The transmitter and receiver hardware is more costly than the copper option. The fiber cable will also increase cost. But this is THE superior option of EMI is a concern. Highspeed data is delivered safely from Faraday cage to Faraday cage through EMI events, no matter the distance. External kvm extender over fiber boxes work great in datacenters and offices, but when the system is mobile and setup time is critical, having it fully integrated into the rugged monitors saves valuable time and eliminates risk of losing the accessory.
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