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Icron USB 3.0 Extension Review

When it comes to cable extensions, there’s quite a few different manufacturers out there. But not all of them are capable of manufacturing high quality, cost efficient and reliable solutions for professional USB connectivity issues.

Icron Technologies has been providing USB cable extension solutions for quite a while now, providing reliability of the highest order with next to no losses in efficiency, making their cables a recommended choice for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications throughout the globe.

Let us simply compare two of their products, the USB 3.0 Spectra™ 3001-15 and the Spectra™ 3022.

USB 3.0 Spectra 3001-15

USB 3.0 Spectra 3001-15

Spectra™ 3001-15

TIP! If your USB 3.0 camera is not displaying correctly try plugging the camera directly into your computer first allowing the drivers to load. Then use your USB 3.0 extension and the camera should display great in full 1920x1080p @ 30fps uncompressed.

It’s a single port, 15 meter USB extension cable which capable of transmitting power of up to 900mA without the need of any additional power supply.

A common problem which consumers usually face when dealing with USB extension cables is the loss of power as cables are made relatively longer. Well, the Spectra™ 3001-15 comes with a secondary cable, capable of being connected to another port for any additional power which may be required for proper functioning of a USB device.

This doesn’t only make sure that your current devices perform at their very best but also makes it possible to connect actual hardware, such as a portable hard drive which requires more power than simpler USB devices.

In terms of speed, there’s virtually no loss of bandwidth while using Icar’s extension cables. These cables are able to provide you with transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, taking away any possibility of your cables becoming a bottleneck for your accessories.

There’s no need to worry about a brand new USB 3.0 accessory not being able to function at its peak capabilities, the Spectra™ 3001-15 extension cable is sure to provide the best possible infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

USB 3.0 Spectra 3022

USB 3.0 Spectra 3022

Spectra™ 3022

Then there’s the Spectra™ 3022, at a quick glance, the differences between these two cables are immense.

The 3001-15 can only transmit data over a distance of up to 15 meters purely because of power losses but the 3022 is able to power storage devices ideally at 50 meters, but that’s not everything that it can do.

The Spectra™ 3022 is designed to transmit footage from USB 3.0 Cameras at a distance of up to a 100 meters, while also providing similar bandwidth speeds regardless of environmental conditions. It’s a USB extension module which uses multimode fiber technology to transmit data over distances of up to a 100 meters.

As far as speed is concerned, it’s a similar story. The Spectra™ 3022 also offers the best possible infrastructure for USB 3.0 communication at a maximum possible bandwidth of 5 Gbps, the only bottleneck you’ll find is your device itself.


As far as the answer to the question “Which one is better?” is concerned, they both serve different purposes entirely. The Spectra™ 3022 relies on an external power source where as the Spectra™ 3001-15 doesn’t, instead of an external power source it uses your system’s own ports (a second port in case additional power is required).

In terms of speed, they’re both virtually identical and apart from a couple milliseconds (possibly less than a millisecond) worth of difference in latency, purely due to the distances, both of them will have an identical performance.

The only true question should be the range you’re dealing with, do you want a USB 3.0 Camera to be connected from across the building? Then you should definitely be picking up the Spectra™ 3022, whereas if all you want is an extension cable then the Spectra™ 3001-15 is the tool you need.

USB 3.0 Spectra 3001-15

USB 3.0 Spectra 3001-15

Spectra 3001-15 Features

  • USB 3.0 extension for 15m
  • Supports USB 3.0 throughputs up to 5Gbps
  • Bus powered from host PC, no external power supply needed
  • USB 3.0 device port provides 5V, 900mA power
  • Second USB power connector for use if additional power is required
  • Locking USB connector
  • Slots on device port for convenient cable tie mounting
  • Rugged grade cabling
  • Status LED at device port with power, enumeration and over-current indication
  • Works with AIA USB3 Vision™ compliant devices
  • 2 year warranty
  • ExtremeUSB® suite of features:
    • Transparent USB extension
    • True plug and play; no software drivers required
    • Works with all major operating systems: Windows®, Mac OS X®, and Linux®

Spectra 3022 Features

  • Up to 15m extension for Microsoft Kinect, up to 50m for USB 3.0 storage devices and 100m for USB 3.0 cameras
  • Delivers speed, isolation and security over multimedia fiber (SFP transceivers included)
  • USB 3.0 throughputs of up to 5 Gbps
  • Integrated 2-port hub suitable for industrial environments
  • Rugged locking USB and power connectors
  • Enclosures with convenient pre-drilled holes for optional bracket mounting
  • Works with AIA USB3 Vision™ compliant devices
  • Includes the ExtremeUSB® suite of features:
    • Transparent USB extension
    • True plug and play; no software drivers required
    • Works with all operating systems: Windows®, Mac OS X®, and Linux®
  • 2-year warranty

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