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What is this USB end?
#61453 04/29/22 05:43 PM
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I need buy replacement, not sure what to search call this male part of a usb cable. thanks.

https://imgur.com/a/ryOKjVv

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kevs #61455 04/29/22 06:32 PM
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That's a USB B connector. Printer cables generally have one end as USB A (the one that you plug into your computer or USB hub) and the other end USB B (plugs into the printer).


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jchuzi #61456 04/29/22 06:44 PM
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Thanks Jon, not for printer, audio device, anyway to go to that and then into a new macbook air is usb C right? so the cable would be: ? :

https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Type-C-USB-C-Black/dp/B00UXKTJE0?th=1

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kevs #61459 04/29/22 07:39 PM
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There are two varieties of USB type B connector. Yours is a USB 2.0 type B and the one you are looking at is USB 3.0 type B and is not downward compatible. I am guessing the other end of the cable you have is a USB type A. Your best option might be a USB C to USB type C adaptor on that end and keep the cable you have. From experience, my preference would be this adaptor as least likely to become disconnected.

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joemikeb #61460 04/29/22 07:45 PM
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Joe thanks, well in fact I bought few months ago this and works great, using it now.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CVX3516/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A2FS8V7TJ34DI&th=1

Sadly, I cannot find the 2nd of the two it came with to have on hand as backup.

So was thinking instead of buying it again; (which just about to do) I thought, why not eliminate the adapter from the mix altogether; and just get new cable with correct things on both ends?

Your opinion?

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kevs #61461 04/29/22 07:56 PM
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Eliminating the adapter is, in my opinion, preferable. However, finding a USB C to USB 2.0 Type B is going to be a challenge. I have never run across one and I have spent a lot of time and money on various USB C adaptors in the last few months. Note: It is difficult to find, and identify, USB C to USB 3.1 gen 2 type A adaptors as well and the normal USB C to USB 3.0 adaptors cut the thruput from 10 Mb/s to 5 Mb/s. Probably not an issue with printers or speakers but a significant slowdown for other devices.


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joemikeb #61462 04/29/22 07:59 PM
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Thanks Joe, ok will buy adapter again, no problem. Appreciate that, as I might gone ahead and found a cable an discovered it did not work.

Isn't crazy all different ends now on all these things?

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kevs #61466 04/30/22 12:07 AM
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The USB standard is a mish-mosh and has been from the beginning. Just read through this Wikepedia article on USB hardware and connectors (types A, C, and now C). The protocols, their naming (USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 3/1 gen 2, 3.2, and now 4) and the associated connectors with each is even more baroque.


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joemikeb #61467 04/30/22 01:32 AM
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Crazy, maybe would been better just to make very new name for each one.. or who knows..


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