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  • Getting ready to run cables, check this out.

    Is there any advice you wanna give me before I rip my interior apart!?

    I'm going to run 3 15ft. USB cables to the front of my car from the trunk. 1 for the Powermate, 1 for the USB self-powered hub, and 1 just in case I want to add a device in the future (thinking ahead! Do you think I should get the USB 2.0 active "repeater" cable or the regular passive kind? By the way... the ports that say Disabled is because I don't have any USB header pin cables yet to utilize them.

    Look: 16 foot Active USB 2.0 Extension / Repeater Cable

    In addition to the 3 USB, there will be 1 VGA, the Lilliput power, plus the 12v from the battery and the speaker wires. Big day

    USB 2.0 4-Port PCI Controller Card (devices for rear of car)
    • USB1 radioSHARK AM/FM
    • USB2 Earthmate GPS
    • -
    • USB3 Sonica Theater 7.1
    • USB4 Disabled

    MII Onboard USB 2.0 Controller (devices for front of car)
    • USB1 Non-powered 4 port hub
      • Lilliput TS
      • ProScan OBD-II (Serial->USB converter)
      • Card reader, keyboard, etc??
    • USB2 Griffin Powermate
    • -
    • USB3 Disabled
    • USB4 Disabled
    http://www.cardomain.com/id/seanklsc

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    I'm using these active repeater cables and I am quite happy with them.

    http://www.usb-ware.com/usb-2-active...le-bf-3000.htm

    I believe if the cable is longer than 15 feet you are supposed to use a hub or repeater.

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    • #3
      Good. Mine are 15' exactly. I bought 3 of them for $8.00
      http://www.cardomain.com/id/seanklsc

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      • #4
        Where from?
        2005 Black Chevy Impala
        Current Status: Installed in Vehicle/Testing 75%

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        • #5
          Why use up your one PCI slot for a USB card when you could just replace it with another USB hub and run everything off the on-board USB? if nothing else, it would reduce your profile...

          Same goes for running cables... why not run just one USB cable up front and plug everything into hub(s)?
          But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
          Originally posted by Viscouse
          I am learning buttloads just by searching on this forum. I've learned 2 big things so far: 1-it's been done before, and 2-if it hasn't, there is a way to do it.
          eegeek.net

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          • #6
            Originally posted by evandude
            Why use up your one PCI slot for a USB card when you could just replace it with another USB hub and run everything off the on-board USB? if nothing else, it would reduce your profile...

            Same goes for running cables... why not run just one USB cable up front and plug everything into hub(s)?
            Good idea. As long as there is a way to the hub not drain any power after the car and carputer are shut down.
            Asus K8S-MX ~ Athlon 64 2800+ ~ Kingmax MPXD42D-2K 1Gb ~ Seagate ST960822A 60Gb ~ PSK-3100 PS/2 kbd ~ MR-350 GPS ~ Hawking HSB1AP ~ Buffalo WLI-USB-G54 ~ 8" Dynamix TS LCD ~ DSATX ~ XCard ~ TVedia ~ some LCD TV ~ Vista ~ MapPoint 2006 ~ iGuidance 2.*

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            • #7
              I noticed not all devices play nicely on a USB hub. I too have 15 ft extensions they work great! I Have a couple of dedcated runs for data intensive stuff like DVD and Sound Blaster Audigy NX.
              2008 350z GT Installed since April 22nd 2011 - Worklog
              2000 Protege Installed Since April 2, 2005 - Intel D201GLY|Fusion Brain|ODBPros ODBII|Engenius|GPS Rikaline|Powermate|Motorized Lilli
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              • #8
                evandude you make a good point. The reason I am not trying to reduce my USB cables using USB hubs is because some devices are simply power hungry. They do not play well with other devices on a hub. As luck would have it I actually had this PCI USB 2.0 controller laying around, and I wasn't using my PCI slot, so it worked out well. I do also have a 2x PCI riser card if I needed an extra slot.

                Shelbrain they were actually $10 shipped for 3, I was wrong. Still a damn good deal! I wish he sold more stuff. Here is the link:
                http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZzatechnology
                If it doesn't work, search for the user "zatechnology"
                http://www.cardomain.com/id/seanklsc

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                • #9
                  whats the difference between those bufferd cables and normal cables... ive got one for my camera comin from the back i think its like a 12 footer and then one for my gps thats 12 feet also... would my camera and gps have quicker response if i used the bufferd stuff?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xdjxklusivex
                    whats the difference between those bufferd cables and normal cables... ive got one for my camera comin from the back i think its like a 12 footer and then one for my gps thats 12 feet also... would my camera and gps have quicker response if i used the bufferd stuff?
                    Even if there was less speed.. you shouldn't really care about a few less MB/ps. I think the major issue is data errors though. But your cables are less than 16 feet, so it's okay. I'm a little concerned with my 15 foot extensions being attached to a device that has a 3 foot cable already. That makes it 18 feet.

                    Any USB 2.0 experts in here?
                    http://www.cardomain.com/id/seanklsc

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                    • #11
                      in the link you posted, the usb cords hes selling are only 34 inches long
                      my setup - finally
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=50494

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                      • #12
                        LOL Holy **** I got duped! Damn thats embarrassing. I did a search on eBay for "15 USB 2.0" and that came up with the best price so I bought that. I definitely didn't read it clearly enough. Oh well... there goes $10. I'll resell them as a package or something.

                        Maybe this is a sign I should go and get the "active" type cable.
                        http://www.cardomain.com/id/seanklsc

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by trance728
                          in the link you posted, the usb cords hes selling are only 34 inches long
                          :-P that sucks!! i paid like 10 bucks and i got 2 12 foot cable off of ebay

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