USB -Ethernet converter and a scanner on the LAN

By jburke ·
I have a non-networked USB scanner going into a small office. Normally I would just hook it to a PC and that would be that.

However, because of space issues, the scanner is some distance away from the PC, to the point where it may exceed USB cable length specs.

Is there any way to connect a non-network USB scanner to a PC using a USB ethernet converter on the LAN?

I found these converters online and thought that even though I can't assign an IP address to the scanner, there may be a way to attach it to the PC using these converters and a network (Cisco) switch.

Has anyone used these converters with a corporate LAN and a USB scanner?

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by TheChas In reply to USB -Ethernet converter a ...

Rather than going the long way about this by converting USB to Ethernet and back again, just simplify.

Use an active USB extension cable instead.

The big problem you will run into with USB to Ethernet adapters, is that they are designed to connect to a PC in place of a standard NIC. The USB to Ethernet adapter has no intelligence built in. And your scanner won't know what to do with the raw data coming at it.

Just a side thought,it sounds pretty darn inconvenient to have to get up and walk to the scanner every time you need to scan a document.


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by briangbeaton In reply to USB -Ethernet converter a ...

The devices you are looking at are essentially PC network cards which plug into your USB on your PC/Laptop to provide network connectivity for your PC.

You need to use something like the UBOX 2100/4100 from Lantronix.
I am actually looking for additional device servers such as this so if you find another solution, please post it.


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