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Old 03-03-2012, 08:46 AM
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I'm about to install my sonic hub and had the idea of placing the iPod dock in the cabin where the factory stereo cut out is and running an extension USB cable out to the helm where the HDS 8 is. While reading the installation manual it has a warning not to go over 6 feet with the USB cable (which is built into the iPod dock). This kind of kills my plan. Unfortunately it doesn't say why the USB can't be extended. Has anyone done this yet, or did you all use the supplied short cable?
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I am sure it has to do with the drive length of the electronics used and the signal integrity of the data transferred over the USB bus.

How far did you need to go?
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I need about 20ish feet to go from cabin to helm.
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USB 1.1 and 2.0 have a speced max of 5 meters - you're going to be a few feet short even with your own cable.

May be worth buying the longest USB cable you can find and give it a try. Otherwise, you can try something like this.

http://www.networktechinc.com/usbc5.html


Also, you Can plug a USB cable to the back of the dock - I'm not sure if that will restive the signals or not - that may give you some additional reach.
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Thanks for the help. I'll check that out. I can mount the iPod dock at the helm if needed. Was just trying to fill the hole in the cabin wall. I can always convert that to something or cover it.

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