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On June 6-8, 2018 Coolgear will be attending InfoComm
From the InfoComm website: “InfoComm is the largest, most exciting event in North America focused on the pro-AV industry, with 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and 44,000 attendees from 110 countries.”
Coolgear Inc., an industry leader in computer peripheral development and manufacturing has engineered a PoE system of extending power to the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. Using the benefits of USB Type-C power delivery (USB-PD), the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor can maintain power from a distant power source up to 100 meters away. This is a must have for security minded businesses!
Clearwater, Florida, May. 7, 2018 – USB Type-C power delivery over Ethernet is a new and sought after power delivery method for specialized devices. Coolgear has developed a unique and exceptional extension kit for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera. It utilizes USB Type-C connectivity with Power over Ethernet. Coolgear’s PoE Extension Kit, CG-PWRPNESTKIT, is available now through its website for immediate delivery.
Extending Nest Cam IQ Power Delivery
With the already impressive capabilities of the USB Type-C protocol, its ability to adapt to various applications makes Coolgear’s CG-PWRPNESTKIT the Power over Ethernet solution for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. USB Type-C by itself has limitations due to USB protocols, more specifically, its limitation of length while delivering power (The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera has a 25ft. included cable). Coolgear’s Nest Cam Power Extension Kit solution solves the length limitation.
Why USB Type-C
Despite USB Type-C having it limitations, today’s technology is favoring the USB-C protocol for data speeds, power transmission (up to 100W), reversible connector, and its adaptability. This protocol surpasses its previous incarnations to achieve the possibilities and solutions we are now able to develop.
The CG-PWRPNESTKIT is a custom PoE Kit tested and developed specifically for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.
A newly designed DC to USB Type-C Power Pod (CG-22WPD21B) limited to 22 Watts of power for Power Supplying Equipment (PSE); this provides over-power control to keep your investment safe.
PoE Power Supply: 100-240V input, 24.0V/1A output plugs directly into the power source
Full Product Details
Visit Nest Cam IQ PoE Kit on coolgear.com for detailed information, diagram, and pictures of the Nest Cam IQ Extender Kit with USB-C PD.
Located in Clearwater Florida, CoolGear Inc. has been developing, manufacturing, and providing premier computer peripherals since 1997. The company’s success in providing to Aerospace, Education, and Consumer Industries has launched it into being a number one supplier of industrial serial adapters and USB component products on the Internet today. CoolGear products are shipped worldwide to destinations around the globe while continuing to develop advanced technology, manufacture quality products, and test out new ideas and concepts for computer technology and its advancements. For more information on CoolGear, Inc., please visit https://www.coolgear.com
USB type-C, a power solving giant in a little package! Ever since USB-C standards development came about, a method of power delivery has been a sought after method to power USB devices. We are talking about everything from Type-C enabled cell phones to power hungry laptops computers and whatever is in-between using Type-C.
Type-C is not a Loner!
We’ve found that even the Type-C devices that are meant to distribute power to other Type-C USB devices, (USB power delivery) need a little help. This in no way diminishes the flexibility that USB-C has, it enhances it! We (Coolgear) have incorporated the use of a USB Type-C into our own product design to create a simple and effective power delivery system.
Various designs of our Type-C power pods and power delivery products carry different wattage profiles for different applications. Our AC to DC Power Pod design can be used in combination with a PoE splitter to solve power delivery problems. What kind of problems? See Below:
Power outlet accessibility
Power cord or cable length
Office or building security layout and design (camera equipment placement)
Power delivery for charging USB devices
A common PoE problem solving application used is Coolgear’s CG-UCPASSPL, the 100M PoE Splitter to Type-C 22W AC to DC Power Pod PD Adapter System (pictured above). It very simply connects a PoE splitter to a PoE injector (power source) to the AC to DC power pod through the use of a Cat5/6 cable. The Cat5/6 cable carries the power from the PoE Injector to the splitter and through the passive power pod adapter to the USB-C port. The power profiles supported have a wide range of 5V/3A, 12V/3A, 14.5V/3A, 20V/2.25A with variable voltage inputs.
There are other USB PD methods we have developed using USB Type-C technology. Some of these methods for heavy duty use in harsh, industry environments. High power USB Changers! These are not every day, buy them in a store chargers; these are heavy duty, metal, and mountable chargers. These USB Chargers range from 60 watts up to 500 watts with simultaneous port charging from 4 to 20 USB charging ports. With both surface and rack mounting options, these high power USB chargers are meant to withstand the strain of multiple devices pulling power at the same time. In this case, these heavy duty Type-C USB power delivery chargers charge devices such as power hungry laptops, tablets, or more.
Some key Categories on Coolgear to watch for USB Power Solutions: We are adding new products often!
Announcing a New 240W Type-C High Power 4 Port Charging Station by Coolgear
Designed and developed by Coolgear, a new multi-port USB Type-C / USB Type-A 240W high powered 4 port charging station. Meant for commercial use, the Type-C charging station is designed for power hungry USB devices that depend on fully charged batteries to operate. Charge your laptops, add it to a charging cart or system and experience the benefits of high power charging.
Each USB Type-C port has an output of 60W to support USB-PD (power delivery) applications. This unique USB-C charging station focuses on Type-C product charging but also includes USB Type-A 15W legacy ports for charging older products not supported by a Type-C interface. We have designed the Type-C USB PD charging station with high charging demands in mind; this makes it an EXCELLENT choice for USB-C device charging support!
Works with ALL USB PD devices as well as legacy Type-A devices.
Fast Charge OLD and NEW simultaneously with Type-C and Type-A ports.
Can charge 4 Apple MacBook’s, Chromebook’s or other USB Type-C PD power hungry products.
Supports all USB Power Delivery power levels: 10/15/27/36/45/60W.
Supports USB-PD, SDP, CDP, DCP, BC1.x, SE1, Apple, Samsung, ACA-x, YD/T-1591, RIM etc.
4x Downstream USB Type-A Legacy Port with QC 3.0/Apple Fast Charge supporting up to 15W per port.
4x Downstream USB Type-C Power Delivery ports supporting up to 60W per port.
An innovative technology designed to Expand Capabilities of Current Power over Ethernet (E-PoE) Standard to support low voltage DC output USB type C Power Delivery Devices. Leading the way in commercial and industrial USB-C PD designs, Coolgear has developed a sleek, micro form factor USB-C PD device with the broadest compatibility profile possible. The CG-DCPD21W tested against iPhone 8, Pixel and Pixel 2, Google Wifi, Nestcam, iPad Pro 12.9”, Samsung S8, Eero Pro, and many others to confirm full compatibility in the AT-USBC-Kit and the POE-USBC-Kit.
Compliant with USB Power Delivery 2.0 and Type-C
Support Type-C output and USB PD protocol
Support 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V PD output
Support BC1.2, Apple, Samsung
Support Qualcomm QC2.0, QC3.0 (Certificate No.: 4787930010-2)
4 Port Power Delivery Hub with 2 Type C PD Ports and 3 USB 3.1 Type A Port
Model Number: CG-UC31PD4H – USB PD (power delivery) is making its way into the USB device markets. With the ability to power laptops and other devices through various power delivery protocols, you’ll soon need this type of peripheral for your new equipment. Solving the problem of limited PD with USB, products with protocols such as 20V/14.5V/12V/5V can be used with this 4 Port Hub. In addition to power delivery, our new 4 port power the two USB-C and USB-A ports are compliant with USB 3.1 Gen1 speeds, this means you’ll work with data speeds up to 5Gbps, 10 times the speed of USB 2.0. Among its convenient features, the 4 port power delivery hub is surface mountable, under the table, on a wall, or on a desktop, the hubs stability is excellent! So are its screw lock compatible connections.
Applications: Laptop charging, Super-Speed data transmission.
USB-C to USB-B Power Delivery USB 3.1 Adapter w/Mounting Kit
Model Number: CG-UCUSBPDB – USB Type-C Power delivery adapters are being designed to make sure our legacy devices aren’t forgotten. This Gen1 USB 3.1 USB-C PD adapter can accommodate power protocols of 20V/5A, 14.5V/2A, 12V/3A and 5V/3A to legacy USB-B host devices. With delivered power of up to 100 watts at 20 volts, large USB devices such as laptops and monitors can be powered by this USB-C adapter. As with all USB Type-C connections, the plug itself is reversible maintaining its function regardless of how it is plugged in. The USB-C Power Delivery adapter supports up to 5Gbps data transfer as per USB 3.1 Gen1 specifications and is screw lock compatible for secure, tight cable connections. The USB-C PD adapter supports DIN Rail mounting and a USB Type-C downstream connection to the device while maintaining its Type-B host connection from the computer.
Applications: Laptop power, Monitor power, Super-Speed Data Transfer
Use USB extension cables to give your friends some room to play
The scene, a virtual reality gaming party in a small game room and not enough room! Have you ever thought, I need to spread out and move the system? Playing VR games in a small room with lots of people waiting for their turn doesn’t work to well! Use USB extension cables…
We have extended our Virtual Reality gaming using USB extension cables. We like to have fun once in a while in the office after hours; recently we had some fun with VR gaming in the lab using the Vive headset and controllers. Our setup used everything that the Vive came with but we made some changes so we could set up differently.
We found the USB 2.0 cable and HDMI cable the system came with to be a little too short with regard to the distance we needed to place the Link Box from the computer station. We replaced these cables with a new USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female extension cable and a new HDMI cable.
Get Your USB Extension Cable
Both cables were flawless but we want to focus on the USB extension cable because we know the HDMI cable already carries the video signal but the USB 2 extension cable carries the data. Our USB 2.0 extension cable is a 30 V, 80 degree, VW-1 high-speed certified at 480Mbps data transfer.
Replacement USB Extension Cable for the Vive
The Vive’s Link Box ports are USB 3.0 but it came with a USB 2.0 cable, so that’s what we stayed with. The USB extension cables we used in place of the original was a 6ft and 10ft foot length and it worked with no problem, there was no visible lag in the VR data output that we could see while paying with coolness!
For those of you that know USB specifications, you know the length of the connection can only be a maximum of 16 feet 5 inches, so we decided to add a 10 foot USB 2.0 extension cable to the system setup to see what happens. With a longer HDMI cable and a 10ft. USB extension, the output was still phenomenal; we had a great time nearly falling off the virtual stone walls.
USB 2.0 Extension Cable Quality Specs.
No loss of data! The virtual world was extended by a USB extension cable and was still intact continuing with mind blowing visuals as the games went on! Using the original USB cable, we added the 10ft. USB extension which brought us to just under the maximum connection length of a passive USB signal.
The USB 2.0 extension cable allowed us to move the Vive’s Link Box to different locations away from the PC which gave use more movement with the Vive headset. As you can see from the images above, the VR headset and component outputs are connected to the opposite side of the Link Box and are fixed lengths, we worked with the PC side of things.
Below, our favorite sales rep Ashley is enjoying some relaxation time with our USB extended Vive virtual reality game system. We hope that this information has been helpful, moving your VR equipment if it needs to be moved is best done with a USB extension cable!
As a technology company, CoolGear is always looking for a new way in providing products for our customers. With that said, CoolGear proudly announces its “in-house” 3D printed Din Rail Clips! The Din rail clips are plastic, printed with a Polylactide material which is environmentally friendly and tough enough to last for years.
Our 3D printed Din rail mounting clips are ready to work with the standard 35mm Din rail with either 7.5 or 15mm depths. Working beyond expectations, our new clips work with many of our hubs and adapters. The new clips are printed to a 10mm thickness with 3 screw holes for mounting. The Din rails will ship in a package of 2 with 6 thread forming screws.
Wait, there’s more! If you have a 3D printer, you’ll like this; CoolGear will be providing the .STL file available free to anyone wishing to 3D print their own Din rail clips. Keep an eye on CoolGear, these Din rail clips will be on our website soon!
UPDATE: This guide is no longer needed on Windows 10 after update v1511. Please ensure you have all updates installed.
Step 1: Make sure you’re running Windows 10 v1511 (November 2015).
Click on Start
Click on Settings
Click on System
Click on About
The Version number will be indicated on the right side.
If your version is higher than 1511 you’re likely enrolled in the Insider Preview program, and your adapter should already be working. I do no recommend continuing with this guide.
If your version is lower than 1511 then you need to run Windows Update to catch up to the current release.
Step 2: Open an Elevated Command Prompt
Click on Start
Right-Click on “Command Prompt”
Click on “Run as Administrator”
Click “Yes” or “Allow” on the User Account Control notice
Step 3: The Fix
Type or Copy & paste this command in to the Administrator Command Prompt:
netcfg –u ms_irdanetcfg –c p –I ms_irda
To paste it:
Copy it from above.
Left click anywhere in the command prompt to bring it into focus
Right-click anywhere in the command prompt to paste the current clipboard contents.
This is ONE(1) single command.
It should look similar this when you’re done (I’ve already done it, so my output is slightly different):
This is VERY important. It might appear that your Infrared Adapter starts working right away (it should start blinking after you complete the previous step) but NOTHING WILL WORK UNTIL YOU REBOOT.
Step 4: Test & verify
Get out your dive computer, health monitor, phone, barcode scanner, etc and give it a test run.
If you’d like to run some verification checks first:
Open another elevated command prompt (Step 2 above)
Run the following TWO(2) commands:
sc query irda
sc query irmon
Each command should return a small SERVICE_NAME prinout.
The important part is the “STATE” field, it should be “4 RUNNING”.
I had one gentlemen report back that the second command was not in the running state, but his dive computer still Sync’d fine, so it’s not 100% accurate.
Your IrDA adapters should now be working under the current version of Windows 10, without having to resort to joining the Insider/Beta program.The official Microsoft KB article for your records: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3150989
Unfortunately this only seems to fix the problem for adapters using MosChip/ASIX MCS7780 chipset, such as our silver Gearmo branded model, and likely the similar looking one from Polar. Older adapters using the Sigma-Tel chip are still non-functional. Some users over on this thread on the Microsoft Forums seem to have gotten them to work, but I have been unable to replicate the results yet.
Our Supplier provided us with an updated driver last week, and we’ve been testing it here as best we could (we only have a few IrDA products to test with). Long story short, the driver they have given us is identical to the one already on our website (and ASIX’s).
As our last update mentioned, the current driver installs and seems to function fine in the current version of Windows 10, but Windows does not seem to understand how to use the IrDA devices beyond installing the driver. That seems to have changed in the latest pre-release (AKA “Insider Builds”) versions of Windows 10.
The vendor recommends that anything newer than build 11082 should work, and our testing shows that the current version installed in the Fast Track is 14316. We found that Window 10 build 14316 will download and install the appropriate driver (v184.108.40.206) as well as launch the IrDA stack service now.
We’ve tested the IrDA products we had around the office and found that all of them are working exactly as they had in previous editions of Windows.
Steps to get IrDA working in Windows 10:
Make Microsoft account. (If you don’t have one already).
CoolGear and Silanna Debut the World’s First Compact USB 2.0 High-speed Isolator Module.
CoolGear introduces the industry’s first small form-factor USB 2.0 Isolation Adapter, the CG-USB20ISO, with Silanna Semiconductor’s ICE08USBC USB high-speed digital isolator device at its core. Driven by the ICE08USBC, the CG-USB20ISO is capable of supporting the USB 2.0 High-speed data rate of 480 Mbps and eclipsing the limited 12 Mbps performance of existing USB isolators in the market.
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CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO compact USB 2.0 high-speed isolator is a breakthrough in isolation technology achieving 480 Mbps data rates with its bus powered, low power consuming design while still compatible with USB 1.1. The USB Isolator’s design and engineering makes it the first of its kind to support the full specification of USB 2.0. The capacitive galvanic isolation of Silanna’s ICE08USBC provides the barrier that separates its logic between upstream and downstream devices. “Having worked closely with CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO design team from its conception, it’s great to see this leading-edge product out in the market,” said Gil Baterina, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Silanna.
Protecting your equipment is first and foremost in achieving and keeping a successful operation. The CG-USB20ISO USB 2.0 Isolator by CoolGear is designed to be the first small scale isolator to protect against high voltage surges with 2,121 vrms (3,000 VDC). With its small form factor and surge protection features, the USB 2.0 isolator continues to maintain high performance and high speed USB 2.0 data demands.
The CG-USB20ISO USB 2.0 Isolator is bus powered for light power consumption devices and uses an additional DC jack connection for self-powered mode when the downstream port requires more power.
Purchasing the USB 2.0 Isolator for Industries that are using expensive equipment that build, produce, or read in some way such as 3-D Printers, Robotics, HI-FI Audio, Kiosk Stations, CNC Machines, Medical Devices and more can benefit from this isolator where voltage spikes may occur during use and damage devices. Wouldn’t you like to protect your equipment investment worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars?
The ICE08USBC is Silanna’s follow-on product to the ICE08USBA and ICE08USBB devices introduced last year for isolating USB 2.0 downstream facing ports (DFP) and upstream facing ports (UFP), respectively. The ICE08USBC combines the ICE08USBA’s downstream cable/connector interface capabilities with the upstream interface features of the ICE08USBB; the ICE08USBx series of USB 2.0 port isolators are part of the Silanna ICE (Isolator Core Enhanced) family of products featuring galvanic isolation technology that combines capacitive isolation and CMOS circuitry on a Silicon-On-Sapphire (SOS) platform. The enhanced connectivity of the ICE08USBC makes it ideal for standalone USB isolation products that target existing USB connections; these can be in the form of isolated USB cables, dongles, or modules such as CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO. “Silanna’s ICE08USBx products finally give us the true USB 2.0 High-speed isolation that our customers have needed,” commented Rene Rozycki, President of CoolGear.
Low, full, and high speed data rates: 1.5 Mbps, 12 Mbps, and 480 Mbps
Auto-Negotiation of Link Speed
3000 Vrms Isolation Voltage per UL 1577 – UL File Number E473534
Capable of driving both USB DFP and UFP connectors and cables
16-lead SOIC wide-body package
To learn more about Silanna’s ICE08USBx products, please go to
Located in Clearwater Florida, CoolGear Inc. has been developing, manufacturing, and providing premier computer peripherals since 1997. The company’s success in providing to Aerospace, Education, and Consumer Industries has launched it into being a number one supplier of industrial serial adapters and USB component products on the Internet today. CoolGear products are shipped worldwide to destinations around the globe while continuing to develop advanced technology, manufacture quality products, and test out new ideas and concepts for computer technology and its advancements. For more information on CoolGear, Inc., please visit https://www.coolgear.com.
About Silanna Semiconductor
Founded in 2006, Silanna is a privately held technology company headquartered in Brisbane Australia, with facilities in Sydney Australia, San Diego, CA, and Raleigh, NC. The company operates a wafer fabrication facility in Sydney, Australia where it develops advanced CMOS and Compound Semiconductor technologies. Silanna’s US operations focus on developing and commercializing products using advanced CMOS technologies bringing those to high volume production in various independent semiconductor foundries spread around the world. For more information on Silanna, please visit http://www.silanna.com.
The latest USB technology combined with Serial protocols
Today’s vast technology market has put into place a choice of sorts, not with manufactures although that competition has already arrived, but more of a choice between older tech vs. new tech and what to use in the near future. Users are facing a choice of eventually upgrading their equipment or just using a patch to get by. We’re looking at USB to Serial technology, the next evolution in the combination of USB and RS232 protocols.
USB combinations on the raise
Coolgear, Inc. is a well known supplier of premium computer peripherals and has been since 1997. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new USB player on the market, it called USB Type-C™ or USB-C™ and it signifies the beginning of an open door to new technology. The combination of USB to serial is not new, it’s been around for quite some time, but the USB Type-C™ to serial is fairly new and has been in the market for a relatively short period of time.
If you’re not aware, the USB Type-C™ connection as it pertains to this article is the new reversible connector that is slowly making its way into cell phones, PCI cards, laptops, and now, various computer peripherals and technologies such as RS232, RS422, RS485 serial communication protocols. Recently, Coolgear, Inc. has acquired several different styles of the serial adapter with USB Type-C™ reversible connector and here’s where the competition is.
You have a desktop or laptop computer that is at least 5 years old, it has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports for your USB connections, GREAT! You’re having no problems until now. What do we mean by until now? Now it’s time to think about an upgrade to your equipment, it’s out dated and running slower than you would like, but the realization that you are using serial communication protocols causes a problem.
If you purchase a new computer, particularly a laptop, the chances are pretty good that you’re not going to have a serial port on it, this is just how newer laptops are designed now, but, it may include an unusual looking port for USB, this would be the new USB-C™ reversible USB port connector and here’s where the new combination makes you think about the competing thoughts you’ll have.
USB Type-C™ has not saturated the market yet, certainly not the combination of the two standards we’ve talked about but now that these products are being manufactured, you’ll need to make some choices down the line, patch it or upgrade it?
Since this blog post there have been many USB C products that we have added in a short amount of time, feel free to have a look at and purchase any of our products in the USB-C category of CoolGear.