• Published , by Tom Devine

USB-C is the solution to orientation-based USB that has taken the world by storm. This connection type has become a common solution for charging and video transmission becoming a new standard for next generation classrooms. But are all USB cables built the same?

The short answer is....... no.

USB 3.0 introduced us to transmission speeds up to 5Gbps capable of 1080p60Hz. As USB evolved into USB 3.1 and continues to evolve into USB 3.2, transmission speeds continue to increase, with previous standards being absorbed into the current:

Specification Previous Term Current Technical Term  Transistion Speed
USB 3.0 ​USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 5Gbps (1080p 60Hz)
USB 3.1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (4k 30Hz)
USB 3.2 N/A USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps (4k 60Hz)


To achieve the best performance using AVPro Edge’s USBC Wall Plate, a USB-C cable capable of 10Gbps must be used (USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 is currently unsupported).

When looking for a proper cable, make sure it is labeled accordingly. A good cable should feature labels containing:

  • USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps
  • 10 Gbps

Finding cables with these labels helps prevent buying power only cables (unable to transmit video) or cables unable to transmit above 5Gbps.

This Tech Tip is brought to you by Sam Metiver. Sam has been apart of AVPro tech support for over 2 years. In this time he has become a crucial member of the team taking a special interest in new and upcoming audio video distribution technologies. In his spare time he enjoys music and is a stand up comedian! Look out for more future Tech Tips from Sam. 


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