How do I know what version my USB Cables are...?

By maniac_lonestar
Jun 17, 2007
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  1. I am hoping that you guys know how to check the USB version/speed in the computer once the cables are connected. It's a problem for me because I want the best quality when transferring data, and I own so man cables like 10 of them. I have different length cables, too, does that affect speed?

    So my main question is how do I know if my USB cable is 2.0 or 1.1?
    Thanks
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    if you have a USB 1.1, when you plug in a device like a flash drive windows will tell you is is slow and will run faster.

    If you have a late model computer, rest assured, your USB ports are 2.0

    Cable length really doesn't make a difference until you're more than 5 feet in length. At that point you want a POWERED usb hub.

    if you go into windows control panel under device manager it will say enhanced USB for 2.0
  3. maniac_lonestar

    maniac_lonestar Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 129

    Thanks good advice. This "slow and will run faster" would it say when you plug a 1.1. USB cable with a 2.0 device?

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own, unless you`re only replying to a specific section, in which case you would only quote that section. ;)
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    USB ports are backwards compatible. IF indeed you have a 2.0 device plugged into a 1.1 port it will run at 1.1 speed. You should get a pop-up in windows that will say this device can run faster or something to that effect.

    If your motherboard was made in the last 4 years I am quite sure it is 2.0
  5. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Posts: 743

    Don't wanna nit pick, but you sure you didn't meant 5m, and not 5ft? :)
  6. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TechSpot Maniac Posts: 480

    A true USB 2.0 cable is supposed to say so in print along the length of the cable, according to the USB 2.0 specification. Also, note that the maximum length of a USB 2.0 cable is 20 feet without signal loss. If you need more than 20 feet distance between the device and the PC, you will then need a USB Repeater cable.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    yeah, 5 m. my bad.
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