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    Lightbulb Remotely located USB ports?

    I want to do something like use the extra set of USB pins on the MOBO to remotely mount some USB ports. I'm thinking I want to mount 2 ports on my center console by my e-brake. There is plenty of space and I want it to look like they were built into the console.

    What I'm wondering is how to go about getting the hardware to do this...The images attached are all I've found so far..

    The problem with that would be finding a cable to connect between it at the MOBO..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvaStratus View Post

    What I'm wondering is how to go about getting the hardware to do this...The images attached are all I've found so far..

    The problem with that would be finding a cable to connect between it at the MOBO..
    Look here: http://www.frontx.com/store/order_p.html

    Get a usb extension cable(if you need more length) and mount it using the frontx usb connectors.

    If you are looking for more then 2 connections, also look into a USB hub. You can mount a trip lite 4 port hub self-powered via USB pretty nicely.
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    awesome resource!! thanks!
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    Hi, I hooked up all the usb devices in my car today, and found out that the 5v amperage from usb hubs don't cut the power requirements needed for some components. So far, I have noticed that my dvd +/- rw drive, and my griffin powermate wont run on a hub. I was planning on linking 2 hubs together (daisy chaining) but I can see that that wont work. Both hubs can be self powered. Should I build a voltage regulator for each hub to 5V? Would this be the only thing that would cause them not to be detected? Here is how I hook them all up:

    Four Port USB Hub - Front (Cabin): (This connects to a port on the trunk hub, then to the computer)

    Griffin Powermate (In driver's side door)
    Obdii Connector
    2 Misc. Dash Molded USB Ports

    Four Port USB Hub - Rear (Trunk): (This connects to the laptop through a usb port)
    Lilliput Touchscreen USB Cable (Runs through Dash to CC and to hub)
    ATI Remote Wonder 2 (Mounted in trunk enclosure)
    Bluetooth Adapter (Mounted in trunk enclosure)

    Linksys 802.11g Adapter (Mounted in trunk enclosure)

    Laptop USB Ports - Trunk:
    Logitech Quickcam Pro 3000 - Backup Camera (Mounted in trunk)
    External Hard Drive (In trunk enclosure)
    GPS Reciever (Mounted in trunk enclosure)
    Laptop Auto-Power on module (Mounted in trunk enclosure)

    My concern is that I want all USB devices to be able to be used. In my setup, I am not sure if you can daisy chain hubs. Has anyone tried powering the Lilliput USB off of a hub? Thanks

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    I made a few changes in how I'm wiring it. Here is an image that represents the order:


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    I just built an adapter cable to take 5V from an extra IDE power plug to deliver power to my hub. Works well.

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    I am using a laptop, so I don't have a molex plug that I can use. I am thinking that I will have to build a voltage regulator to convert the 12V DC from my ACC socket to 5 V DC used by the hub power adapter.

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    Check Radio Shack, also. I was running mine with a cig. lighter adapter before I did the molex thing.

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    ok, I'll look into it. Do you think that the first hub has to be powered in order for the one that hooks into it to function?

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    How to power a USB hub

    I think that thread answered my remaining questions. Thanks for your help.

    -Elliot

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