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#1 nukeemc

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:12 AM

I have a bunch of cables for connecting devices to my computer. Readers, cameras, etc.
Are they generic and interchangeable, or are they specifically for the device it came with?
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:55 AM

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That sort of depends. If they plug into the computer at a USB port and the other end fits the device, then as a general rule they can be considered the same.

Any device that uses a proprietary connector all bets are off.

External Hard drives for example are all standard A to B or A to mini USB or A to Micro USB. And thus are interchangeable, Cameras ??

Some information here

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:41 PM

Got it. Thanks

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:39 PM

Hi
That sort of depends. If they plug into the computer at a USB port and the other end fits the device, then as a general rule they can be considered the same.

Any device that uses a proprietary connector all bets are off.

External Hard drives for example are all standard A to B or A to mini USB or A to Micro USB. And thus are interchangeable, Cameras ??

Some information here

Cheers
Roger

Some devices require an OTG adapter even though the mini-port looks the same. I believe there's a wiring difference, it has to do with the 5v power.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:26 PM

If they don't make it special how can they charge extra.

Sort of like back in the 80s Radio Shack Printers needed a Radio Shack Printer cable to reverse the change Radio Shack made in the parallel port in the printer.
They saved money by using standard connectors and then changing a couple of wires around.

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