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I use a USB 3 hub at my mount and plug in cameras, focuser, serial to USB converter for the CP3. I also use a GPUSB for guiding since I have a Mac. I know this is old school but I still want to use my Mac. I just bring one USB plug into my computer.
I hope it's OK for me to jump into this conversation because my situation is very similar to Mark's in that I have until now been running my 1100 mount with the keypad, but I would like to start using APCC.
The problem is that I am running out of connections on my laptop:
- The three USB ports on the laptop are all being used for the mouse, main imaging camera, and guide camera.
- My laptop does not have a serial port with the DB9 connector.
- The ethernet connector is used for an Icron Ranger 2304 to provide an extra USB port for a Focuser Boss controller. I suppose that I could use one of the other USB ports in the Icron to connect to the mount. Is this recommended ? I ask because SBIG recommends against plugging their cameras into USB hubs - even powered ones.
- There is also a HDMI port on my laptop that is not being used.
How about the wireless connection to the mount ? Is this pretty reliable ? The manuals recommend the USB or ethernet connections as being the best.