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Brain v2 via Ethernet

edited September 2014 in Hardware

Hi,

has anyone of you ever tried to use the Brains USB-Connection over ethernet - e.g. with one of those 'IP USB hubs' and can point out which devices are working (or not) ? :-) Or is there a better way to do so? Thanks in advance!

(background: I don't like having USB connections in my setup due to their pretty short cable length restriction, so there is a network instead.)

Cheers, Moritz

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  • edited September 2014

    Update:

    Does not work with a 'ROLINE USB 2.0 Hub over IP' (such a thing: http://shop.roline.com/roline-usb-2-0-hub-over-ip-4-ports-gigabit-ethernet/14.02.5205-5.html) - shows as a not working USB audio device in the device manager (the device cannot be started). Grrr...

    Hints still welcome. :-)

  • What kind of range do you need?

  • Well that depends a bit... normally between 10 and 20m. But a point is that I wanted to get rid of the USB-connections from my computer on stage (only network and HDSP for audio now). And a network connection would be used anyhow to control an artnet node and a MA-node.

    My next try is to use a raspberry pie as a usb server together with a software called 'virtual here' (http://www.virtualhere.com/usb_server_software).

  • You may also try using the 5-pin DIN midi cables. I know they sell range extenders for those.

    Let me know how you get on with this!

  • Yes, MIDI would be the option if everything else fails. But at the moment I'd prefer having the USB connection (also for other devices that will get added in the future). Will let you know how far I get with that solution.

  • edited September 2014

    Allright - at first it didn't work out of the box with the pi and 'virtual here', but the developer of that software directly fixed the problem after I contacted him (in no time at all!). So with the new 'virtual here' software version 2.9.7 it works.

    So for all the people that are searching for a simple (and cheap) Brain-over-network solution:

    1. get a raspberry pi (I used the B+ version with 4 USB ports)
    2. download the virtual here server for the pi http://www.virtualhere.com/usb_server_software
    3. enable autostart for the server http://www.virtualhere.com/oem_faq and further tweak the pi if you want to
    4. download the virtual here client on your computer (windows/macos/linux) http://www.virtualhere.com/usb_client_software

    The device can than be used like if it would be directly attached. I have not played around with it that much, but at the moment it seems to work (unnoticably) fast and solid.

    If you like to connect more that one device to the pi/server or use some rather sophisticated functions (like a ssl tunnel), there is the need to buy a license for the software though (29USD). I think thats pretty fair (especially compared to the price of lan-capable usb hardware).

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