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USB2 VS USB3 over Cat6

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Hi Guys

I have been looking at the Icron Ranger USB2 over Cat6 and the Icron Raven USB3 over Cat6a/7.

is the difference worth the price. or can I get away with the USB2 speed/Capacity.

Jim

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Interesting question.

What are you using now? Is it working for you? How big are your images? How fast are you autoguiding?

If you are mixing USB2 and USB 3 devices in your setup, you need to be sure that they will still work at USB3 speeds even though some of the equipment USB2.

I used to use a USB2 to Cat5 extender. The timing was enough different that one of my guide cameras would not work.

All of my USB2 gear works just fine through USB2 hubs and extension cables, but my setup is aging. I guess that at some point I will find out, of necessity, how to upgrade..

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Right now I am playing around with a powered USB3 hub, and a 30 ft. USB3 extender. I will be trying it for the first time tonight. I am transferring data from a T3i camera controlled with BYEOS, a QHY minicam 5s on a mini guide scope, feather touch focuser, and a Celestron CGX mount controlled with Celestron PWI.

I'm thinking that the Icron Raven USB3 over Cat6a/7 would be a cleaner setup. they also have a USB 3 over multimode fiber for a bit more $. but Fiber is fragile, it would only work on a permeant setup.

 they say in the specs, that Both the Raven and the Ranger are USB 3/ 2/ 1 compatible both have a 4 port hub integrated in the "Box".

a lot of new equipment are going USB 3.

Jim 

 

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