Re: rs 233 to USB conversion

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>

Joe, in case it helps, I'm using a Linksys WRT300N wireless-n router and a Linksys WPC300N wireless-n Notebook adapter (PCMCIA card). My observatory computer has W2000 Pro on it and the house computer has Vista. Setting up the home network is kind of "follow you nose" but what I found I need to do each time I start up the observatory computer is to turn off my Personal Firewall in Norton for a few minutes while the network gets established and then everything behaves.


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From: jmize@...
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Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 10:11 AM
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: rs 233 to USB conversion

RS1300rs I'm looking to going the wireless rout too. I use GoldeX Serial to USB Converters into a 4 Port ICRON which converts to
Ethernet for a 150ft run. Last year I lost the inside ICRON box and CAT6 cable because of a ground induced surge picked up in
the underground cable run. I'm quite interested in converting to wireless to eleminate surge potentials. What Router Model/s
did you use, and were they affected by IR window film people have been talking about? Thkx...joe :)

GoldeX ""

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From : r1300rs[mailto:cardiofuse@...]
Sent : 5/21/2007 8:24:40 AM
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Subject : RE: [ap-gto] Re: rs 233 to USB conversion


Hello Stuart. I agree, If you want to go totally "wireless" you need to have routers and laptops
running in the "N" mode to get decent response. I've used this setup with Timbuktu remote
control software and all works easily.

But.....if you want better performance and 150-200 foot range or better use an Ethernet to
USB bridge box. For about $100 you can get a 4 port USB box to velcro to the side of your
tripod or mount. This allows you to connect several USB devices such as: the mount (with
serial to USB converter-$20), the CCD camera (mine is already USB), a remote focuser such as
Robofocus, etc. I have a four port so I can run all three and still have one extra.

Then just run a single Cat6e cable (150 is relatively cheap on line) and connect it to the USB
box on the scope to the receiver box (USB to computer) attached to the computer.

Then you can run everything without the usual interference glitches. This is only one
alternative to going wireless but certainly is easy and FAST.

Let me know if you need pictures or part numbers

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