Re: rs 233 to USB conversion

Joe Zeglinski

Hi Stuart,

I think you need to go into the Firewall program (Norton?), click on
Norton Protection Center's Personal Firewall, select configure.
Choose Networking tab, click on ADD, and then the button, "using a range" -
set your router address range start & end, to include your laptop and any
other devices served by your router. I just set it for all 255 devices, in
case I add something in the 100 range, or below it. I just trust all addresses
behind my router.
I did this with my WRT300N as well.
Every time I reinstall Norton, I always forget to do this last step.
Otherwise, the computers can't see each other or share folders, on the
internal wired or wireless LAN.

The reason your workaround works is that Norton's Firewall doesn't have
the WRT300N's range configured, so the laptop is locked out when it tries it's
initial connection. Don't understand why it then works after that, though -
Norton should still lock it out. Maybe it's just an initialization step that
needs this.

Anyway, set the range, and you won't have to fuss with it until the next
time you reinstall Norton.

Hope this helps,
The other Joe (Z.)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Heggie" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: rs 233 to USB conversion

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.

----- Original Message -----
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 :)


------- Original Message -------
From : r1300rs[]
Sent : 5/21/2007 8:24:40 AM
To :
Cc :
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

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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