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    relocating headunit detachable panel face - does it work ? Whats your experience ?

    Well guys i have read something about it but now i real would like to know better if this is worth the effort.

    I was planning to add a headunit radio to my Carpc since i dont like those USB dongles or PCI cards with radio tuner in PC...i think they are very bad for what they do...if anyone knows any good one please tell me....i need a radio tuner....a good one...that really works...

    I would like to know if relocating headunit radio detachable panel its easy to do...i know how to solder and thats not the main question. In terms of working....do they work well if relocating a detachable panel for 3 or 5 meters ? I was wondering if i can use a cat6 or even cat5 ethernet cable for wiring and if i dont, which cable showuld i use ?

    Whats your experience with these??

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    either cable should work.. most units will work fine when extended. i had a older kenwood that i extended that used filament bulbs behind the display, and that caused some issues, but most newer radios use led backlights, so they should be fine..

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    i was just doing that earlier with my own project. used the ethernet wires too. i had all the soldering of the main unit done but couldnt get it to work when trying to solder to the actual head unit. the plastic underneath the panels started to warp so i didnt want to push it. then the soldering iron broke, again.

    hope yours goes better than mine!

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    i am planning using a led faceplate, then i can use cat6 cable to extend those 15 pins it has. Will these be fine if i solder them good ? THANKS!

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    well thats what i plan on doing. i'm waiting on a new soldering iron to come so i can finish/ fix the solder.
    i counted 20 pins on mine? prob just a manufacturer thing. i'll let you know how it goes as soon as i've it done

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    Quote Originally Posted by chang View Post
    well thats what i plan on doing. i'm waiting on a new soldering iron to come so i can finish/ fix the solder.
    i counted 20 pins on mine? prob just a manufacturer thing. i'll let you know how it goes as soon as i've it done
    Sorry to ask again, but using cat5 isnt good enough? Is there any sort of interference if we dont used cat6 since cat6 has sort of plastic inside between condcutors...Cat5 is better to use then cat6...cat6 its too much rigid.....

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    i honestly dont know if it would cause a difference. i'm gonna go with the cat5 because i've more of it on hand. i dont imagine it would cause a interference though. all its doing is bridging the gap between the pins.

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    there are a few primary differences between cat5 and cat 6:

    cat 5 is thinner, and has looser twists. cat 6 has tighter twists, thicker wire, and that plastic 'x' to separate the pairs.

    the reason for all of this extra stuff in the cat 6 is better noise rejection in a balanced network, and higher data rates. most of this really doesn't apply to a diy faceplate-- as it is not a balanced network, and there really isn't super-high-speed data transfers.

    for this, cat6 is nice if you have it, because the thicker conductors will carry more power if the radio needs it. but cat5 is just as good, and is cheaper..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    there are a few primary differences between cat5 and cat 6:

    cat 5 is thinner, and has looser twists. cat 6 has tighter twists, thicker wire, and that plastic 'x' to separate the pairs.

    the reason for all of this extra stuff in the cat 6 is better noise rejection in a balanced network, and higher data rates. most of this really doesn't apply to a diy faceplate-- as it is not a balanced network, and there really isn't super-high-speed data transfers.

    for this, cat6 is nice if you have it, because the thicker conductors will carry more power if the radio needs it. but cat5 is just as good, and is cheaper..
    Well in fact i have both cables in here....and my main issue is to install cat6 since i know this is a tough cable to install in tied spaces....i mean my car already has a lot of wiring...running....and cat5 is better to install...but as you said more power and thats the trick....i am afraid of install and fail to work...

    BTW what kind of connector can i use if i want to split these cable in 2 parts, i mean, can i use a paralell connector or another type of connector or what ?

    THanks!!!

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    then the cat5 should be fine.

    i am a little lost on what type of connector your looking for, could you try to describe what you want it for a little differently?

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