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I am building a submersible ROV and want to use an old USB webcam for my video. Answered

I would like to know how easy it is to cut off the end of the cable and splice in additional cable between the camera and the connector for the PC.  I also am curious how long I can make the cable without the loss of functionality - I would like 50 feet if I can.

Thanks

PaleoDan

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2011-04-27

Just buy a USB-ethernet adapter - one for each end, and you can go >>100 feet if you want

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F5D5050-USB-Ethernet-Adaptor/dp/B000062R4P

AND you could put a hub in there for controlling an Arduino as well.....

Steve

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Kiteman (author)2011-04-26

Why splice, when you can plug in?

This commercial site claims four of its 5m cables can be connected in line without loss of signal strength.

http://www.longusbcable.co.uk/usb-extender/10-usb-extender.html

If their claims are true, you can connect three of their cables, water-proof the connections (tape, hot-glue, epoxy etc), and use your web-cam just as it is.

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PaleoDan (author)Kiteman2011-04-26

Awesome - I will check this out - thank you

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frollard (author)PaleoDan2011-04-26

I can attest that I have run 4x6 foot extensions on the 9 foot cable of my ps3 eye camera. It functions perfectly fine - but 50 feet is pretty much the limit before usb 2.0 starts getting really mad at you.

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jensenr30 (author)2011-04-26
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PaleoDan (author)jensenr302011-04-26

Thanks - I have been looking at two on here for a while and decided to make one for the summer...

Here are the two I have been reviewing -

https://www.instructables.com/id/Underwater-ROV/

https://www.instructables.com/id/ROV-submersible-PVC/

Both are much more advanced than mine.

PaleoDan

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