[vcf-midatlantic] TVs installed!
chrisjpf33 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 11:52:19 EDT 2016
On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 7:23 AM, Dan Roganti via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 2:04 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> > >> Thinking aloud: I found out that very long USB cables are quite cheap,
> > for example 50 feet for $17. It would be easy to have such a cable go
> > the TVs through the attic and drop down near our office PC. Then we could
> > easily change the content, or attach them to R.Pi boxes, or whatever.
> > Had another idea! We know the TVs can read directly from USB sticks, but
> > can they read from a PC connected by USB? If so, and if the TV's software
> > lets you navigate folders, then we can attach them via long cables to a
> > server, choose files through the TV remotes, and it's done! Dean is our
> > docent next Saturday. Dean: I sent you a private message with some
> > experiment instructions.
> the maximum reliable length of usb cable [passive] is 5m(~15ft)
> I suppose you mean you're getting a roll of cable with the active repeater
> built-in on the one end
Thanks, Dan, for mentioning the length limit for USB. Another option is USB
over Ethernet. I bought a pair of adapters for my office so I could use a
mounse and keyboard in a conference room for a PC that was in the server
room. That particular set was about $300, but this one
http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=6042 is a lot cheaper, however I have
no experience how well the cheap one works.
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