Manhattan USB line extender
I will note, first, that i did not purchase this through outletpc but from a local-ish electronics supply company as i had an issue which needed to be resolved quickly.The documentation states it is windows and mac compatible. It is also fully compatible with modern linux distributions.No drivers need to be installed for any operating system.It is based on a silicon labs cp210x usb to uart bridge.Reading the documentation and maybe the advertising, such as it is, you would be forgiven for thinking this gives you a network interface to a usb device.It does not. The connection between the two devices requires a dedicated ethernet cable. I'm using a 75-feet cat5 cable for this device.The 'receiver' unit has the female usb connector and connects to the remote device.The 'transmitter' plugs into an available usb 1.1 / 2.0 port or [preferably] powered hub.I do not know if the device is compatible with usb 3.0.My unit is connecting a brultech ecm-1220 power monitor, about 70-feet away in the basement, to the main computer on the second floor of the house. Originally, the ecm fed a raspberry pi located nearby. The frequent writes to the pi's sd card caused it to fail and took the pi offline.This product eliminated the need for a pi in the basement and allows polling the ecm and writing the data to a wide variety of database formats on the primary computer.Open-source python code is available for linux, mac, and windows. Google "mit ecm1220".