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kole
05-13-2012, 06:51 PM
I'm trying to source a 50 foot cable for my Apex. I want to run 2 tanks on the one controller. The cable can't have a repeater or booster on it. I would rather have one single cable than joining several. Anyone know where I could get a 50 foot usb male to male cable or if they are even manufactured?

AquaticFinatic
05-13-2012, 07:20 PM
Just put it in google and surf from there. Or eBay. Or try electronicsforless.ca

lee9
05-13-2012, 07:25 PM
Typically over 15 feet you would need a repeater. You will probably have a tough time finding one that is over 15ft as it wouldn't work without some type of booster/repeater.

Is there no other connectivity method with the Apex such as ethernet that is not as restricted by length?

Nano
05-13-2012, 07:32 PM
+1 Or an amp, your best bet is to use a splitter or repeater, when I use to do installs in school before I went to school, we would us a 6 ft usb to a splitter (amp) and then cat 5/cat 6 to another splitter then back to usb. usb signal can't travel very far before it dies out

kole
05-13-2012, 08:14 PM
I've tried to google it and Ebay. The issue is getting a cable over 16 feet that doesn't have a repeater. The Apex uses a 12 volt system not the typical usb 5 volt but the cable is the same type. The Apex can have a 200 foot cable so its not limited in that regard. Finding a cable is the hard part.

mseepman
05-14-2012, 12:03 AM
These guys sell them. http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-apex-xxg.html
They aren't cheap but they are made specifically for the APEX.

You can't get a repeater in the line or it will blow the APEX.

I'm in the same dilemma, but rather than find that long cable, I'm repositioning my head unit to see what I can do with it first.

kole
05-14-2012, 12:56 AM
Thanks. That's the cable I'm looking for but look at that price. Triple the price of one with the repeater.



These guys sell them. http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-apex-xxg.html
They aren't cheap but they are made specifically for the APEX.

You can't get a repeater in the line or it will blow the APEX.

I'm in the same dilemma, but rather than find that long cable, I'm repositioning my head unit to see what I can do with it first.

Coleus
05-14-2012, 03:23 AM
have you checked monoprice?

wolf_bluejay
05-14-2012, 03:41 AM
Really, a USB cable is pretty simple -- just take a a single short Usb, cut it, and insert a 50' length of Cat 6 STP or even some cheap cat5e cable?

Should only cost about $10 or so to make up (you could just by the SB ends and put them on 50' of four condutor wire (cat 5 would be cheapest).

subman
05-14-2012, 03:46 AM
What about running over cat 5?
using these:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/USB-RJ45-CAT5-CAT6-ETHERNET-EXTENDER-EXTENSION-REPEATER-ADAPTER-UP-150FT-50M-/140753022013?pt=US_Networking_Plugs_Jacks_Wall_Pla tes&hash=item20c588ac3d#ht_2991wt_1037

Madmak
05-14-2012, 03:57 AM
I'm trying to source a 50 foot cable for my Apex. The cable can't have a repeater or booster on it. I would rather have one single cable than joining several. Anyone know where I could get a 50 foot usb male to male cable or if they are even manufactured?

I too need one. Maybe I will try the splice idea mentioned and report how it works.

Cal_stir
05-14-2012, 08:26 PM
The cat5 will have 4 twisted pairs, use each twisted pair as a wire, splice and solder would be best.