I just moved to a bigger place. I specifically chose it to put the PC itself in my bedroom, and the Plasma and receiver in the adjacent living room. I already drilled a hole so the necessary cables can cross the boundary. So far I have the HDMI passing from the computer to the AV, and the cable/Ethernet setup in both rooms. I also have the Microsoft RF receiver for my Harmony Remote correctly setup.
My only remaining problem is the USB dongle for the air-mouse and wireless keyboard. Since I drilled that hole I only need an extender of a few feet; however, I obviously cannot get a signal with the dongle sitting in another room directly attached to the PC.
I thought buying one would be simple; however, my research went into descriptions of "connector A", "passive B", etc. I think I am fine since Connector "A" is the normal USB connection on the computer (not the peripheral) which is all I need.
To further complicate matters, if I want to future-proof this or add something like the ability to connect a flash-drive in the living room, would I need a specific type of USB hub. (I have had bad luck with cheap passive ones in the past..specifically the kind that looks like a stick-figure with each arm a USB extension.)
Does anyone have any advice? Should I just buy something cheap? Or would an active hub be worth the investment?
Thanks a ton in advance for your help! I consider myself tech-savvy, but in the world of cables, so much of it is a rip-off game, it is difficult to find information. (And right now this is the only thing keeping me from finally having my dream system with the computer in the one room and the AV system in the other room is this dumb extender cable!